Malfi announces full cast to join Best

Published February 6, 2012

Tom Bateman, Mark Bonnar, Harry Lloyd and Finbar Lynch have joined the cast of Jamie Lloyd’s forthcoming production of The Duchess Of Malfi.

The cast join the previously announced Eve Best in the production, which will play from 17 March to 9 June at the Old Vic theatre.

Written in the early 1600s, The Duchess Of Malfi is set in the Italian Renaissance court of Amalfi and tells the dark, bloody story of the recently widowed Duchess (Best) who secretly marries her steward against the wishes of her powerful brothers. As jealousy, madness and bloodshed surround her, the Duchess retains her calm strength and dignity, even in the face of death.

Bateman was most recently seen on stage in The Lion In Winter at the Theatre Royal Haymarket and has also appeared in Much Ado About Nothing at the Wyndham’s theatre. On screen the actor will soon be seen in the BBC’s forthcoming Parade’s End, a mini-series written by playwright Tom Stoppard.

Bonnar’s stage credits include The Cherry Orchard at the National Theatre, Novecento at the Trafalgar Studios 2 and Twelfth Night at the Wyndham’s theatre. The actor is perhaps best known for his screen work having appeared in Twenty Twelve, Doctor Who and Paradox.

The Iron Lady star Lloyd has appeared on stage in The Little Dog Laughed and A View From The Bridge, and boasts screen credits including Great Expectations, Game Of Thrones and the BBC’s forthcoming adaptation of Henry IV.

Lynch returns to the Old Vic following 2009’s Dancing At Lughnasa. The actor has worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company, appearing in The Tempest and Julius Caesar, and in productions of Portrait Of  A Lady/A Doll’s House and Love’s Labour’s Lost with the Peter Hall Company.

Webster’s tragedy will follow a very different production into the venue, with critically acclaimed comedy Noises Off closing later this month before transferring into the West End for a limited run at the Novello theatre.

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