6 reasons to see The Duchess [of Malfi]

1. It's by the brilliant, critically acclaimed writer Zinnie Harris

Zinnie Harris is widely celebrated for her inventive and strong-minded writing style across theatre and TV. Her exhilarating revamp of John Webster’s revenge tragedy, which she has also directed, is not to be missed.

2. This bold new take on Webster's Jacobean drama is full of surprising resonance for modern audiences

With its themes of gender, power and corruption, this brutal story about male rage and female resistance is still as important as ever.

3. The blood!

True to Webster’s gory original, this production has an impressive amount of blood. It's definitely kept the team busy backstage: 

4. The soul-stirring music

Composer Oguz Kaplangi has created an original score of love songs, laments and lullabies. With live performances by a talented cast, the atmospheric soundtrack backs some of the most heart-stopping and emotional scenes for a truly dramatic and sensory experience.

Have a listen to the beautiful track 'End Your Groan' featuring vocals by Eleanor Kane:

5. Women telling women's stories

The Duchess [of Malfi] is part of our Citizens Women season. Featuring new plays and reimaginings of classics by women writers with strong female leads, this season of work puts women centre stage. The Duchess is one of the most complex and fulfilling female roles in theatre and Kirsty Stuart is making it her own. 

1 6.   It’s a thrilling night of theatre

The Duchess [of Malfi] is a theatrical story of love, sex and hatred and reflects some of today's hottest debates. This tense drama is both compelling and disturbing. It will leave audiences speechless. 

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The Duchess [of Malfi] is a co-production with The Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh.