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.