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Shakespeare's Globe

'Tis Pity She's a Whore

By John Ford

23 October – 7 December

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

Running time
3 hours including interval 

Creatives 

Directed by
Michael Longhurst 

Designed by
Alex Lowde 

Composed by 
Simon Slater 

Choreographed by
Imogen Knight 

Cast

Max Bennett
Giovanni

Stefano Braschi
Soranzo

Fiona Button
Annabella

Sam Cox
Donado

Philip Cumbus
Vasquez

Noma Dumezweni
Hippolita

James Garnon
Bergetto / Cardinal

Michael Gould
Friar Bonaventure

Alice Haig
Philotis

Dean Nolan
Poggio

Edward Peel
Florio

Daniel Rabin
Richardetto

Morag Siller
Puttana

Jethro Skinner
Grimaldi

  • Theatre/2014/SWP/Tis Pity/new artwork/CG

Please note: this production has now closed.

Enter Giovanni with a heart upon his dagger.

Annabella, the beauty of Parma, does not lack admirers, but one of them society will surely view with disgust – her own brother, Giovanni. When he confesses to her his infatuation, Giovanni begs her to kill him, but so far from doing so, she embraces him as a lover. What chance has their incestuous love in a hostile world? What tragic chaos will follow?

Compassionate and disturbing, John Ford’s great story of doomed love – told in scenes that combine intense reflection with explosive violence – enters the most challenging moral territory of all.

Contains nudity and scenes of a sexual nature

REVIEWS

★★★★
'Electrifying... if ever a play was made for the stage of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse – this intimate, candlelit enclave of Shakespeare’s Globe – it has to be Ford’s dark and dangerous masterpiece'
Sunday Telegraph  

★★★★
'Passionate, at times horribly funny, and vividly disconcerting'
The Independent  

★★★★
The cast of 16 is terrific... This space, which opened in January, is used to its best effect yet... I have never seen the play done better'
The Times  

★★★★
‘A satisfyingly gruesome eyeful’
The Sunday Times  

★★★★
'Michael Longhurst’s production leaves few holds barred, using the candlelit intimacy of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse to great effect'
Financial Times  

★★★★
'Extravangtly gruesome... Max Bennett’s Giovanni is fresh-faced yet also convincingly demented and Fiona Button is a fine, assertive Annabella. Together they bring crucial and unsettling chemistry to Longhurst’s admirably clear production'
Evening Standard

★★★★
'The sexual energy emanating from this dynamic, lucid production certainly deserves to be measured in volts rather than flickering flames... it shakes you to the core... An exquisitely staged, viscerally perturbing evening'
Time Out  

★★★★
'Physically exciting... Fiona Button’s fine Annabella... Max Bennett’s equally good Giovanni'
The Guardian

Opening night audience views

ACTOR INTERVIEWS

Listen to interviews with Fiona Button (Annabella) and Max Bennett (Giovanni). 

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