By John Webster
Adapted by Hugh Colman and Ailsa Piper
Directed by John Bell
Greed. Incestuous jealousy. An excess of conflicting interests. Bloody deaths.
When the beautiful Duchess of Malfi is widowed in her youth, her two controlling brothers forbid her to remarry for fear they will lose their abundant inheritance. In a desperate attempt to ensure their fortune and place on the throne, the two brothers regulate her whole life – including her body – even hiring their friend to spy on her every move.
The Duchess Of Malfi begins as a love story but ends as a nightmarish family tragedy; greed, jealousy and revenge proving to be a toxic mix in a world not unlike our own.
Shakespeare contemporary John Webster brings us a play about the obsession with power and what it can do to a family.
This white-hot adaptation of Webster’s finest work, captures the madness and astonishing violence brought about by the strength of a woman in a patriarchal society.