The Duchess of Malfi - National Theatre London 2003
by John Webster
The Duchess of Malfi (originally published as The Tragedy of the Dutchesse of Malfy) is a Jacobean revenge tragedy written by English dramatist John Webster in 1612–1613. It was first performed privately at the Blackfriars Theatre, then later to a larger audience at The Globe, in 1613–1614.
Published in 1623, the play is loosely based on events that occurred between 1508 and 1513 surrounding Giovanna d'Aragona, Duchess of Amalfi (d. 1511), whose father, Enrico d'Aragona, Marquis of Gerace, was an illegitimate son of Ferdinand I of Naples. As in the play, she secretly married Antonio Beccadelli di Bologna after the death of her first husband Alfonso I Piccolomini, Duke of Amalfi.
The play begins as a love story, when the Duchess marries beneath her class, and ends as a nightmarish tragedy as her two brothers undertake their revenge, destroying themselves in the process. Jacobean drama continued the trend of stage violence and horror set by Elizabethan tragedy, under the influence of Seneca.
The Duchess of Malfi Cast - Will Keen, Charles Edwards, Stuart Richman, Jonathan Slinger, Lorcan Cranitch, Ray Stevenson, Janet McTeer, Sally Rogers, James Howard, Andrew Westfield, Michael Bernadin, Keiran Flynn, Eleanor David, Julien Ball, Martin Chamberlain
Director - Phyllida Lloyd
Designer - Mark Thompson
Lighting - Mark Henderson
Music - Gary Yershon
Playbill / Program Date 2003- National Theatre London (Lyttelton Theatre)
Size 140 x 240 mm
Condition: Used Good 8/10 (Small tear top of cover)
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