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The Duchess of Malfi – Swan Theatre, Stratford upon Avon

Writer: John Webster Director: Maria Aberg Reviewer: Katy Roberts Maria Aberg returns to the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) with an arresting and timely production of John Webster’s revenge tragedy The Duchess of Malfi. Masculinity and madness loom large throughout, and Aberg’s clever direction and Naomi Dawson’s powerful staging bring the issue of toxic masculinity front and centre with devastating consequences ...

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Iyalode of Eti – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Iyalode of Eti at the West Yorkshire Playhouse

Writer: Debo Oluwatuminu Director: Moji Kareem Designer: Emma Williams Reviewer: Ron Simpson Leeds-based theatre company Utopia Theatre specialises in the re-imagining of classic texts and The Duchess of Malfi transposes rather well to the African tribal world of Debo Oluwatuminu’s Iyalode of Eti. The obsessive sense of family, the wilful use of torture, the bleakly cruel humour, work as well ...

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The Duchess Of Malfi – Nottingham Playhouse

Writer: John Webster Director: Fiona Buffini Reviewer: Fergus Morgan Fury. Forbidden love. Bloody murder. That is what is promised by the blood-spattered posters for Nottingham Playhouse’s production of The Duchess Of Malfi. It does not disappoint. John Webster’s Jacobean tragedy-cum-revenge-thriller is here brought to life by director Fiona Buffini with exhilarating panache in a vivid and stylish interpretation that owes ...

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The Duchess Of Malfi – New Diorama Theatre

Writer: John Webster Director: Natalie York Set Designer: Jenny Gamble Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   The Duchess of Malfi, Webster’s great tragedy, is a grand tale of corruption, betrayal and violent death. Brothers Ferdinand and The Cardinal do not wish their sister, the titular and widowed Duchess to remarry so they can retain control over her estate and her person. Although ...

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The White Devil – Swan Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon

Writer: John Webster Director: Maria Aberg Reviewer: Katy Roberts The Royal Shakespeare Company's Swan Theatre has, for the purposes of its Roaring Girl season, once again become a home for performances of Shakespeare's contemporaries with a series of lesser-known Jacobean plays, each with fiercely exciting and intriguing rôles for women. Rounding out the season is Maria Aberg's production of The ...

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Secret Theatre, Show 4 – Lyric Hammersmith, London

Writer: Hayley Squires Director: Ellen McDougall Reviewer: Nichola Daunton *WARNING: Reading the rest of this review will give away what the show is* Taking advantage of the Lyric’s re-furbishment to explore its lesser known spaces, Show Four is based on John Webster’s brutal Jacobean tragedy The White Devil. Written by Hayley Squires and re-titled Glitterland, Secret Theatre’s adaptation leaves the ...

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Cover Her Face – Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, London

Writer: John Webster, adapted byDaniel Fulvio and Martin Moriarty Director:Daniel Fulvio and Martin Moriarty Reviewer: Ian Foster Gemma Arterton may have the part of the willowy ingénue down pat in The Duchess of Malfi at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse just now but over in the earthier environment of the Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, something much more radical is happening. ...

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The Duchess of Malfi – White Bear Theatre, London

Writer: John Webster Director: Owen Horsley Reviewer: Eleanor Turney [rating:4] This is a big, meaty play for such a small space. Director Owen Horsley has had fun here, trying to cram this sprawling, chaotic revenge tragedy into 90 minutes, while simultaneously battling with the tiny theatre at the back of the White Bear pub. He may not win every battle, ...

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