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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 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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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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