Set against the backdrop of an escalating European war, The Duchess Of Malfi is a portrait of a family torn apart by lust and lies.
Amongst the flattery and paranoia of the Italian court, the Duchess finds herself newly widowed. Banned from remarriage by her powerful brothers, who are determined to keep other men’s hands off their sister and her inheritance, she has a choice to make.
When the Duchess defies their will and marries her steward Antonio, she begins a life hiding her love – and their children. With a spy in their midsts, it is only a matter of time before the lovers are discovered and violence spills out.
John Webster’s epic revenge tragedy begins with a love story and ends in a bloody nightmare.
The Duchess Of Malfi is produced in-house by Greenwich theatre and runs in repertoire with Volpone.