[after The Duchess of Malfi] 2006, 2009
30 audience members were implicated in the isolation and assassination of the lone female performer in this dissection of misogyny styled like Brighton Rock with live jazz, opera and dramatic 20th Century interventions in the Jacobean text. The production is featured in ‘Emotional Excess on the Shakespearean Stage’ by Brigitte Escolme (Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare) and in ‘Performing Site Specific Theatre: Politics, Place Practice’ edited by Anna Birch & Joanne Tompkins (Palgrave Macmillan).
“Theatre as spectacle, as experience
…Not to be missed”
“Astonishingly slick…Never less than engrossing… Putting those static representations of Jacobean tragedy we’ve seen in recent months to shame…
…Prodigal grab Webster by the balls, look their audience in the eye and breathe such life into The Duchess you’ll feel the adrenaline pumping long after the corpses have ceased to pile….kill to get a ticket.”