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Shakespeare's Globe

Punishment Without Revenge

By Lope de Vega

From 1 to 6 September 2014

£5 standing
£15 - £38 seats


Fundación Siglo de Oro (Rakatá), Madrid, Spain


Castilian Spanish with scene synopses in English


Directed by
Ernesto Arias

  • New Punishment Without Revenge

Please note: this production has now closed.

Federico, bastard son of the Duke of Ferrara, falls in love with Cassandra, his father’s intended bride, and she with him. When the truth of their ‘dishonourable’ union comes to light, the Duke exacts a pitiless revenge.

On its cleverly mapped journey towards a violent climax equal to that of any Jacobean playwright, El castigo sin venganza explores the tragic role of honour in seventeenth century life – cruel, necessary, ineluctable. This is the first Globe staging of a play from Spain’s Golden Age – with its fascinating correspondences to the drama of Elizabethan England – and a rare chance to see one of Lope’s greatest plays



'This agile, vivid staging of Lope de Vega’s torrid drama of sex, deceit and dishonour... it’s full of dash and flourish, and it fits the space like an elegant kidskin glove’

‘Captioned scene synopses in English ensure that non-Spanish speakers have no difficulty in following the action... it’s a pleasure to hear the play delivered with the rhythm and texture of the language in which it was written’
The Times