John Ford’s explosive tale of doomed incestuous love, ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore, is performed in the beautiful Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare’s Globe.

The beautiful Annabella is blessed with her pick of many admirers. But the one she is drawn to is the one that turns society’s stomach.

When her own brother, Giovanni, admits his infatuation to his sister and begs her to kill him, she meets him not with hostility, but with love. But how can their relationship survive in a world sickened by it?

Ford’s tale, by turns compassionate and disturbing, is told in scenes that combine intense reflection with explosive violence.

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