The Duchess of Malfi
9 January – 16 February 2014
Claire Van Kampen
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.
Please note: tickets for all related events are sold separately to tickets for performances.
Globe Education provide inspiring and engaging introductions to the play. Leading specialists in Early Modern Theatre will shed light on the works of Shakespeare's contemporaries and offer an insight into the content and performance history of the play.
Tickets: £7 (£5 FoSG/concs/students)
Venue: Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre