9th January – 16th February 2014
The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London
The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster
‘The widowed Duchess of Malfi longs to marry her lover, the steward Antonio…..but her rancorous brothers, Ferdinand and the Cardinal, are implacably opposed to the match. When their spy, Bosola, discovers that the Duchess has secretly married and carries Antonio’s child, they exact a terrible and horrific revenge.
First performed by the King’s Men – Shakespeare’s own company – ‘privately at the Blackfriars and publicly at the Globe’, The Duchess of Malfi is a thrilling combination of brilliant coups de théâtre, horrific set-pieces and vivid characters – notably the tragic Duchess and the subtly villainous Bosola – all lit by Webster’s obsessional imagination’ Shakespeare’s Globe.
Claire Van Kampen
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As part of the new BBC Arts season, the first production to be performed at the new Sam Wanamaker Playhouse – ‘The Duchess of Malfi’ – will be shown on BBC Four on Sunday 25th May at 8.00pm…