The Duchess Of Malfi at Old Vic Theatre tickets
The Duchess Of Malfi at Old Vic Theatre tickets

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About the show

Eve Best returns to London’s Old Vic Theatre to star in the legendary title role of John Webster’s Jacobean tragedy The Duchess of Malfi. In a major new production directed by Jamie Lloyd (Inadmissible Evidence), The Duchess of Malfi is Webster’s poetic masterpiece that documents the dark and bloody story of the recently widowed Duchess. Opening for a limited season at the Old Vic, performances begin in March 2012.

Set in the Italian Renaissance court of Amalfi, The Duchess of Malfi is the well-known story of the Duchess who secretly marries her lover and steward against the forbidden wishes of her powerful and vicious brothers. When jealously, torment and bloodshed surround her, the Duchess is forced to retain strength and dignity, even when faced with death. First performed in London between 1612 and 1614, The Duchess of Malfi is an apt exploration of female courage in the face of male corruption.

Olivier Award-winning actress Eve Best stars in the acclaimed role after most recently appearing at the Old Vic opposite Kevin Spacey in A Moon For the Misbegotten, for which she received the Drama Desk Award for Best Actress. Further credits include Much Ado About Nothing, The Homecoming and The King’s Speech. Additional casting includes Tom Bateman (The Lion in Winter), Mark Bonnar, Harry Lloyd and Finbar Lynch.

Directed by Lloyd, The Duchess of Malfi features design by Soutra Gilmour and lighting design by James Farncombe, with original music and sound design by Ben and Max Ringham. Considered to be one of the Jacobean era’s greatest tragedies, The Duchess of Malfi earned Webster a reputation as one of England’s greatest playwrights. Opening at the Old Vic Theatre for a limited season beginning in March 2012, this bloody, corrupt and nightmarishly violent production is set to a highlight of the year.

Recommended for

Containing violent themes as well as sexual content, The Duchess of Malfi is recommended for those ages 12 and up. Those who saw Eve Best opposite Kevin Spacey will enjoy her triumphant return to the stage, whilst Shakespeare fans will appreciate the genre of the play.

Dates and times

Running time: 3 hours including interval
Opened: 17 Mar 2012
Press night: 28 Mar 2012
Booking from: 17 Mar 2012
Booking until: 09 Jun 2012

Location and map

Old Vic Theatre
103 The Cut
London, SE1 8NB

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