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The Duchess (of Malfi) – Roya Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Original writer: John Webster Writer: Zinnie Harris Director: Zinnie Harris Reviewer: Dominic Corr Unyielding cruelty is at the rotten heart of what is perhaps the most notorious tragedy of English Renaissance drama, The Duchess (of Malfi). Widowed, yet defiant to remarry despite her brothers’ judgements, the Duchess takes on a husband. At first John Webster’s tragedy is a (twisted) love ...

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The White Devil – Lucille Lortel Theatre, New York

Writer: John Webster Director: Louisa Proske Reviewer: Solace Murder, Mayhem, and Fun! This is John Webster’s The White Devil, currently running at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in New York’s West Village. Webster, who wrote his plays in the 17th century, usually collaborated with others; however, scholars believe The White Devil was the first play he wrote by himself. The White ...

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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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