The Duchess of Malfi 1995 - 1996

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First performed in 1614,  John Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi is one of the greatest examples of Jacobean revenge drama, and paved the way for the stage spectacle, dark humour and horrifying violence characteristic of drama of this period.

The Duchess herself is an incredibly complex figure in her independence and defiance of the accepted social norms of an aristocratic widow. She disobeys her corrupt and manipulative brothers by choosing to remarry,  selecting her steward Antonio as her second husband.

 

…if’t chance
Some cursed example poison near the head,
Death and diseases through the whole land spread

 

In the dark world of Jacobean drama, Webster’s play tells of how the Duchess’s two brothers stop at nothing to control, and ultimately destroy, their sister and her family. The love story that begins this dark play gives way to intense jealously, spying, madness and incest that leads to immense suffering and horrific revenge…

 

Produced by Cheek by Jowl. The first performance of The Duchess of Malfi was at the Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds on 19th September 1995.

Venue City Country Date No. of Performances
Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds UK 19/09/95 6
Everyman Theatre Cheltenham UK 26/09/95 6
Teatro Valle Rome Italy 05/10/95 3
Gaeity Theatre Dublin Ireland 10/10/95 6
Oxford Playhouse Oxford UK 17/10/95 6
Althenaeum Melbourne Australia 26/10/95 11
Coventry Arts Centre Coventry UK 14/11/95 5
Nottara Theatre Bucharest Romania 22/11/95 2
Grand Theatre Blackpool UK 28/11/95 6
Majestic Theatre New York USA 06/12/95 10
Wyndhams Theatre London UK 27/12/95 37
Manoel Theatre Valletta Malta 01/02/96 3
Katona Jozsef Theatre Budapest Hungary 09/02/96 4
Cankarjev Dom Ljublijana Slovenia 16/02/96 2
Odeon Theatre Vienna Austria 21/02/96 5
Arts Centre, Shouson Theatre Hong Kong China 01/03/96 6
Teatro Jimenez Rueda Mexico City Mexico 19/03/96 2
Teatro Colon Bogota Columbia 23/03/96 5
Vahtangov Theatre Moscow Russia 11/04/96 3
Archa Theatre Prague Czech Republic 18/04/96 5
Stray Theatre Krakow Poland 24/04/96 2
Cast
Matthew MacfadyenAntonio Bologna
Shaun ParkesDelio
George AntonBosola
Paul BrennanCardinal
Scott HandyFerdinand
Anastasia HilleDuchess
Avril ClarkCariola
Nicola RedmondJulia
Matthew BowyerChorus of Officers/Madmen/Court/Executioners
Sean HannawayChorus of Officers/Madmen/Court/Executioners
Christopher KellChorus of Officers/Madmen/Court/Executioners
Terence MaynardChorus of Officers/Madmen/Court/Executioners
Guy MooreChorus of Officers/Madmen/Court/Executioners
Peter MoretonChorus of Officers/Madmen/Court/Executioners

Creatives
DirectorDeclan Donnellan
DesignerNick Ormerod
Lighting DesignerJudith Greenwood
Movement DirectorJane Gibson
Composer and Musical DirectorCatherine Jayes
Assistant DirectorTimothy Walker
Assistant DirectorSebastian Doggart

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