The play takes place just after the conclusion of William Shakespeare’s first tragedy, Titus Andronicus. Set during the fall of the Roman Empire, the years of bloody battles are over, the civil war has ended, and the country has been stolen by madmen. There are casualties everywhere and two very lowly servants (played by Lane and Martin) are charged with cleaning up the bodies.It already makes me think it’s taking a cue from “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.” Which is suitably ironic, because I can’t wait for the first people to make the connection that Nathan Lane played the voice for Pumbaa in Lion King, which is supposed to be Disney’s animated Hamlet, where they represent Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, so in a way, Lane has already played the role! Oh I will kill you.
We’ve often joked about which Shakespeare plays provide the best take-off point for a sequel. There’s even a movie called Hamlet 2 which had some interesting ideas, when they got to the actual Shakespeare (think time machine … and sexy, rocking Jesus). But what about Titus Andronicus? Room for a sequel there? A whole bunch of Tony Award winners think so. Nathan Lane and Andrea Martin are set to headline Taylor Mac’s Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus this spring: