With director Jane Collins, and designer Peter Farley (who has remained a mentor to the company) Prodigal staged an adaptation of Webster’s masterpiece The Duchess of Malfi in a site specific takeover of the Nightingale Theatre, the pub below it, and the streets immediately outside.

[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).

Promoters info

Press release (24KB pdf)

Brochure Copy (12KB pdf)

Programme (2.9MB pdf)

Poster Image (392KB pdf)

Reviews (12KB pdf)

(Brighton Festival Commission Best Show Winner, Best Actress Nominee)

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“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.”

Bella Todd