TITUS ANDRONICUS REVIEWS
THE OXFORD SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL
pleasantly surprised by the ease with which the actor
playing the lead became Titus Andronicus and never lost his
essence. Tommie Grabiec, the actor playing the lead was
enthralling. I never had to strain to hear him as I had to
with many of the other actors. I became so emotionally
invested in his plight I found myself in tears at various
points in his downfall. In short Tommie Grabiec was
incredible in every way in his role of Titus Andronicus!
particularly felt the connection between Mr. Grabiec and his
brother Marcus Andronicus played by Anthony Webster. Their
chemistry was engaging, they truly seemed like brothers. Mr.
Webster delivered his lines with emotion, style and grace.
His presence as well as that of Titus always seemed to bring
the audience to attention. Beautiful!"
Higginson (Spiritual Advisor) 17th
truly captivated by the commanding, resounding and
passionate performance of Tommie Grabiec as Titus
Andronicus. He grasped the audience from the very moment he
arrived on stage and steered us resolutely through the
trials and tribulations of his constantly emotional and
gripping existence in this play.
precision, delivery and timbre of his articulations soared
around the magnificent castle setting as if to muster the
very soul of its heritage; a pin was dropped in the distance
and it was heard by all as he held us all magnificently in
Unequivocally indicative of an actor who obviously prepares,
hones, refines and polishes his craft meticulously and
constantly to produce a shining beacon of a performance such
play, Titus was the brightest shining star of the heavens
that all the planets revolved around.
Dewdney (Actor, Producer, VoA) 26th
visit to Oxford Castle and one I will not forget. The
grounds were spectacular for such a production to be brought
to form. The natural daylight catching the eyes of the
performers revelling the pain and suffering was truly
captivating. The weather in fact felt like it was dancing
through the performance, shedding light on scenes deserving
of light and shade at the darkest of scenes moments.
I have the
utmost respect for participants in this production for their
dedication and commitment to their career/craft.
gentleman who played Titus Andronicus, actor Tommie Grabiec
had an incredible presence who truly owned all the
attributes and emotions required to portray such a character
with force as Titus.
watched many performances this year I have to say I was
taken aback by the craftsmanship that I witnessed, very
impressive. Titus's voice control and ability to stay in the
physicality throughout demonstrated what a dedicated,
focused and talented actor he is.
A force to
be reckoned with, may you go forth and conquer all!
very best to all on this production.
Stevie-Rose Blake (Brian Timoney’s Method Studio) 29th
Grabiec as Titus commanded the stage with a booming voice
and a confidence befitting a Roman General and as tragedy
upon tragedy was heaped upon him, Titus unravelled
beautifully before our very eyes to become a man haunted by
having committed no crime other than to have always tried to
do the right thing. His descent into near madness was
wonderfully executed and we really did feel his pain as his
family was destroyed and the whole framework of identity was
taken from him. The abstract concept of Rome has a lot to
Reviewer (Oxford) 30th
"On a not
so warm August evening, I had the fortunate opportunity to
watch Titus Andronicus in the courtyard of Oxford Castle.
The backdrop to the play lent itself well to this
production, and the cast used the various areas of the
castle successfully in their adaptation of the play.
beginning, the male lead Tommie Grabiec gave a commanding
performance as the noble Roman General, who is reduced into
a shadow of himself after the brutal rape and savage attack
upon his daughter. This is a very difficult role to pull off
successfully and I felt that Tommie Grabiec's performance
from his commanding entrance to a grief stricken father had
all the right elements.
production is done very well, and I liked the way in which
the audience at the beginning are used as part of the
welcoming crowd. I felt that the actress Victoria Coleman,
Tamora, grew into the role as the play developed and I
particularly liked the scenes between Tamora and Titus at
the end, again a difficult scene, in which she excelled."
Dykes (Director) 5th
we find the entrance of Titus Andronicus himself. I have to
say I was anticipating an average performance at best. I
could not have been more wrong. From his opening line Tommie
Grabiec held my rapt attention. His delivery of lines was
superb, his ability to project impeccable. Often when he
wasn't on stage I found myself waiting for his return. As
the story unfolds we see Titus, Tommie Grabiec transform
from a powerful General into a broken shell of a man. In the
end Tommie was able to not only hold the entire audience's
attention but had us become emotionally invested in his
tortured story. I say BRAVO Tommie Grabiec you were