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The Duchess of Malfi (2014)

From the Globe theatre in London, Andrew Marr presents a unique television premiere - a new production of John Webster's bloody revenge tragedy The Duchess of Malfi performed in a perfect ... See full summary »

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Dominic Dromgoole

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John Webster
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Gemma Arterton ... The Duchess of Malfi
Archie Bradfield Archie Bradfield ... Child
Giles Cooper Giles Cooper ... Silvo
David Dawson ... Ferdinand
James Garnon James Garnon ... Cardinal
Sean Gilder ... Bosola
Denise Gough ... Julia
Sarah MacRae Sarah MacRae ... Cariola
Andrew Marr Andrew Marr ... Himself - Presenter
Paul Rider Paul Rider ... Delio
Alex Waldmann ... Antonio
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From the Globe theatre in London, Andrew Marr presents a unique television premiere - a new production of John Webster's bloody revenge tragedy The Duchess of Malfi performed in a perfect recreation of an early Jacobean theatre. Lit entirely by candlelight, the production evokes a murky world of plotting and intrigue, where even the most pure in heart are caught in a web of murder and revenge.

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John Webster saw the skull beneath the skin
7 January 2018 | by bob998See all my reviews

You may remember the scene in Shakespeare In Love when Will sees the boy Webster playing with a dead rat in the street; he sees how Webster is going to grow up to be obsessed by sex and violence. So he proved to be, and we are the happier for it watching this production of The Duchess of Malfi. The set is wonderful--small but able to bring out all the subtleties of the text. Sian Williams did the choreography, those wonderful little jigs that we are learning were an integral part of Elizabethan stage practice.

Sean Gilder as Bosola is really the leading character in the piece. A killer with scruples and a mordant sense of humour who doesn't hesitate to castigate his employers, Ferdinand and the Cardinal. Ferdinand rages like an hysteric, while the Cardinal is all cold calculation (and very funny too). Finally we have Gemma Arterton as the Duchess. I've seen many actresses doing plays of this period: Helen Mirren (The Changeling, As You Like It, A Midsummer Night's Dream), Claire Bloom (Richard III), Maggie Smith (Othello), many more: I'd say Arterton holds her own in this company because she is so natural. I don't know if she went to RADA or not, but she has an ease on stage and can imagine what death feels like.

I'm going to look for more of the Globe productions because they look fascinating and have thought behind them instead of cheap effects that Hollywood gives us.


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