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The Duchess of Malfi 

9 January – 16 February 2014

Written by
John Webster

£10 standing
£25 - £45 seats
£60 premium tickets 

Running Time 
2 hours 50 minutes 
Including interval  


Directed by
Dominic Dromgoole

Designed by
Jonathan Fensom

Composed by
Claire Van Kampen


Gemma Arterton
The Duchess

Giles Cooper

David Dawson

John Dougall

James Garnon

Sean Gilder

Denise Gough

Sarah MacRae

Brendan O'Hea

Paul Rider

Dickon Tyrell

Alex Waldmann

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This production has now closed. 

The widowed Duchess of Malfi longs to marry her lover, the steward Antonio. But her rancorous brothers, Ferdinand and the Cardinal, are implacably opposed to the match. When their spy, Bosola, discovers that the Duchess has secretly married and carries Antonio’s child, they exact a terrible and horrific revenge.

First performed by the King’s Men – Shakespeare’s own company – ‘privately at the Blackfriars and publicly at the Globe’, The Duchess of Malfi is a thrilling combination of brilliant coups de théâtre, horrific set-pieces and vivid characters – notably the tragic Duchess and the subtly villainous Bosola – all lit by Webster’s obsessional imagination. This most intimate Jacobean tragedy is the ideal curtain-raiser for our first season in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

Gemma Arterton will return to The Globe to play the title role of the Duchess. Gemma made her professional stage debut at the Globe in 2007, when she won huge critical acclaim as Rosaline in Love's Labour's Lost.


“The Duchess of Malfi is a stylish start for a theatre that promises to be a fascinating resource.”
**** Evening Standard

Actor Interviews  

Listen rehearsal interviews with Gemma Arterton (The Duchess) and James Garnon (Cardinal).

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