Reviews

4 Stars
‘A production that does full justice to Webster’s sinewy, aphoristic language
The Guardian

4 Stars
‘The perfect setting for...deceit, treachery and revenge’
Independent

4 Stars
‘Deliciously depraved’
Daily Mail

4 Stars
‘Thrilling, chilling and ferocious
The Stage

4 Stars
‘Crisp, pacy and deliciously atmospheric’
The Arts Desk

4 Stars
‘Kate Stanley-Brennan is majestic as Vittoria’
Broadway World

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Thursday 26 January – Sunday 16 April 2017

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Tickets Running Time
Fixed Position Standing: £10 | Seated: £15 – £48 | Premium Tickets: £62 Approx. 2 hours 40 mins including an interval

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Creatives


Writer
John Webster

Director
Annie Ryan

Dramaturg
Michael West 

Designer
Jamie Vartan  

Composer
Tom Lane

Movement Director
Sue Mythen 

Cast


Jamie Ballard
Brachiano

Paul Bazely
Francisco

Garry Cooper
Monticelso

Anna Healy
Cornelia

Mollie Lambert
Giovanni

Fergal McElherron
Lodovico/Camillo

Mercy Ojelade
Isabella/Gasparo

Shanaya Rafaat
Zanche

Kate Stanley-Brennan
Vittoria

Joseph Timms
Flamineo

Sarah Vevers
Hortensia/Servant/Lawyer 

Jamael Westman
Marcello/Ensemble 

View the cast headshots on the blog →

Musicians


Steve Bentley-Klein
Musical Director / Violin / Dulcimer / Trumpet / Guitar

Mark Bousie
Accordion

Maddie Cutter
Cello 

Please note: this production has now closed.


'I'll tell thee what, 
I will not in my death shed one base tear,
Or if look pale, for want of blood, not fear'

Synopsis


In Annie Ryan’s dystopian reimagining of John Webster’s Jacobean tale, the flickering shadows of the candlelit Playhouse reveal a nightmarish world of deceit and madness, where lust and desire entwine and breed murderous atrocity.

Cloaked in the hallucinatory half-light of the Italian court, the Duke of Brachiano murders his wife in order to possess another woman, triggering a cycle of brutality, deceit and insanity that shatters family bonds and moral codes.

Background


Inspired by bizarre real-life events from Renaissance Italy, Webster conjures an extraordinary tale of hypocrisy, seduction and revenge. In Annie Ryan's bold take on the original, her cast of villains, victims and conspirators move through the dark spaces between reality and nightmares, creating scandal and destruction at every shadowy turn.

Annie Ryan is director of the critically acclaimed A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing which was originally produced by The Corn Exchange and went on to be performed at Young Vic.

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