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‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore – The Duke on 42nd Street, New York

Writer: John Ford Director: Jesse Berger Reviewer: Tim Koch Incest, secrets, plots of revenge, and death. Lots of death. From the title alone, one might assume ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore is a raucous comedy, but that is as far from the truth as saying everything turns out all right in the end. Written by John Ford some time between ...

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‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore – Oxford Playhouse

Writer: John Ford Director: Declan Donnellan Reviewer: Fergus Morgan ‘The essence of eroticism is to be found in the inextricable confusion of sexual pleasure and taboo’, wrote French philosopher Georges Bataille, a quote reprinted in the programme notes for Cheek By Jowl’s current production of John Ford’s Caroline tragedy, ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore. Accordingly, in emphasising the play’s inherent ...

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‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore – Barbican, London

Writer: John Ford Director: Declan Donnellan Reviewer: Chris Combemale Cheek by Jowl returns to the Barbican with an inventive re-imagining of the classic Restoration tragedy ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore but, despite its refreshingly avant-garde approach, Declan Donnellan’s production left me feeling cold. First performed in 2012 but now with a new cast the international theatre company certainly did not ...

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‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Director: Declan Donnellan Designer: Nick Ormerod Reviewer: Paul Couch Say what you will about Will, Shakespeare stayed pretty well clear of the sordid subject of incest (we’ll gloss over the turgid Pericles with its questionable provenance, and Gertrude and Claudius weren’t blood kin, so there) but his contemporary, John Ford, had no such qualms and Cheek By Jowl’s testosterone-fuelled revival ...

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