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    Olivier Award nominee Rebecca Frecknall directs John Webster’s revenge tragedy The Duchess of Malfi in the Almeida Theatre’s new season. Charting the tragic consequences of jealousy and control, the play is a famously dark offering from one of Shakespeare’s contemporaries.

    Where is it showing?

    The Duchess of Malfi will open at the Almeida Theatre in Islington.

    When does it open?

    The show begins previews on 2 December 2019.

    What is it about?

    The Duchess of Malfi is a famously blood-soaked revenge tragedy by 17th century playwright John Webster.

    Focusing on the deadly ties of family and reputation, the play opens with the titular Duchess declaring love to her steward Antonio – and earning the rage of her jealous, controlling brothers. With danger nipping at her heels and a twisted plot for revenge looming large, the Duchess must defend her agency and her life.

    Who is in it?

    Lydia Wilson stars as the Duchess, having previously appeared at the Almeida Theatre in King Charles III. Starring as Kate, she was nominated for an Olivier Award in Mike Bartlett’s satirical Shakespearean drama.

    Wilson is joined by Michael Marcus as the Cardinal, Jack Riddford as Ferdinand, Khalid Abdalla as Antonio, Leo Bill as Bosola and Ioanna Kimbook as Cariola.

    Who is the creative team?

    Director Rebecca Frecknall is an Associate of the Almeida Theatre, delivering Olivier Award-winning productions of Summer and Smoke and Three Sisters at the venue.

    The Duchess of Malfi’s creative team also includes set designer Chloe Lamford (Broadway: Hillary and Clinton) and costume designer Nicky Gillibrand (Billy Elliot the Musical).

    How long is it?

    The running time will be confirmed at a later date.

    Performance dates: 02 Dec 2019 - 25 Jan 2020

    Running time: 2 hours 45 minutes (including interval)

    Age recommendation: Recommended 14+

    Special notice: Fans of Rebecca Frecknall’s Olivier Award winning revivals of Summer and Smoke and Three Sisters should book tickets for The Duchess of Malfi at the Almeida Theatre. Any fans of Shakespeare’s darker tragedies will also enjoy the show.

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    Latest audience reviews

    As I mentioned to a couple of people at the interval, wasn't it so much better to see this production... More

    u2fancat Top 200 reviewer11 Jan 2020

    As I mentioned to a couple of people at the interval, wasn't it so much better to see this production than just to read it? It had occurred to me, during the first half, how very much drier it'd have been in text. As it is, I loved the staging, which saw a very slick, modern-looking stage (shiny black floor, lots of glass), intense acting, and a kind of fish-tank (yes, a box with glass on the front) that was moved forward and back throughout, with actors in it. This was used for a variety of purposes - as a changing room, a preview of the next scene, or perhaps as background, giving a fuller description of the story than the text could. Of course, this was not going to be a happy tale - emphasised by the consistently ominous background music. Basically the story of an aristocratic woman who marries "beneath her", and whose brothers object, you just know it's going to end badly. And bloodily (or inkily - they use ink for blood). But this is a woman of our times, with a mind of her own, determined to fight as best she can - which makes for a compelling battle. (Based on a real-life character!) And the sheer intensity that the actors put into it (well, mainly the title character) is what lends this production so much more than the text does alone. I loved it. My one quibble was the vicarious carnage at the end - but, as I say, to be expected with dramas of this period. I loved, loved, loved it - after three weeks away from the theatre over Christmas, the poetic script was like blood to my veins. Gotta say however, of my group, I was one of the ones who thought the most of it - most of the group seemed to be negative about it, finding it wordy and boring. What the hey, I had a great night!

    u2fancat Top 200 reviewer11 Jan 2020

    My favourite show of the season. A perfect adaption. Beautiful aesthetics, excellent characterisation,... More

    SCSenior 03 Jan 2020

    My favourite show of the season. A perfect adaption. Beautiful aesthetics, excellent characterisation, terrific direction.

    SCSenior 03 Jan 2020
    vivalabeat Top 100 reviewer12 Jan 2020

    Having seen this show before at the Old Vic seven years ago, I was expecting to be blown away by this... More

    joc78 Top 10 reviewer10 Jan 2020

    Having seen this show before at the Old Vic seven years ago, I was expecting to be blown away by this but I have to admit that I found it very very dull and far too wordy. Two of my friends left at the interval as they struggled with it. It had some genuinely good moments but not enough to capture my full attention. It seemed to drag on and on - such a shame!

    joc78 Top 10 reviewer10 Jan 2020

    Having seen this show before at the Old Vic seven years ago, I was expecting to be blown away by this... More

    joc78 Top 10 reviewer10 Jan 2020

    Having seen this show before at the Old Vic seven years ago, I was expecting to be blown away by this but I have to admit that I found it very very dull and far too wordy. Two of my friends left at the interval as they struggled with it. It had some genuinely good moments but not enough to capture my full attention. It seemed to drag on and on - such a shame!

    joc78 Top 10 reviewer10 Jan 2020
    jbrown15 Top 100 reviewer22 Jan 2020
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