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The Duchess [of Malfi]

The Duchess [of Malfi]
By John Webster
Adapted by Zinnie Harris

‘Whether we fall by ambition, blood, or lust, like diamonds we are cut with our own dust.’

Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi is the most thrilling and chilling of the Jacobean revenge tragedies – an exploration of male rage and female resistance as two brothers try and control their sister, block her marriage and repress her agency with fatal results.

It was these themes of patriarchy versus female empowerment which convinced Zinnie Harris that the play is ripe for an adaptation which chimes with our contemporary concerns surrounding the abuse of male power.

Webster’s dark tale of bloody treachery will be fuelled and retooled by Zinnie Harris’ insight, vivid imagery and dazzling prose which have been so heralded in her great adaptation of The Oresteia, This Restless House, (Citizens Theatre and National Theatre of Scotland) and her more recent versions of Ibsen’s The Master Builder (West Yorkshire Playhouse) and Ionesco’s Rhinoceros, which sold out at the Edinburgh International Festival and returned to great acclaim for The Lyceum Season 2017/18. She’ll also be directing the show, a welcome return after her award-winning production of A Number seen on The Lyceum stage in 2017.

Cast and Credits

CREATIVE TEAM
Adaptor/Director Zinnie Harris

Video

An introduction to The Duchess [of Malfi]

Dates and Times

17 May - 8 June 2019

PREVIEWS7:30pm
Friday 17, Saturday 18 and Monday 20 May, 7.30pm
£10 (Preview tickets on sale from 15 April)


EVENINGS, 7:30pm
Tuesday - Saturdays


MATINEES from 22 May, 2pm
Wednesdays and Saturdays

For Access performances see below

Prices

Individual Tickets

EVENINGS
Tuesday - Saturday: £16 - £32

MATINEES
Wednesday and Saturday: £14 - £28.50

CONCESSIONS
from £10, not available on Premium Seats
For full details on concession pricing please contact Box Office on 0131 248 4848

PREVIEWS
Unreserved seating, all tickets £10
On sale 15 April

Accessibility

AUDIO DESCRIBED
Thursday 30 May, 7.30pm
Touch Tour, 6.15pm
Saturday 1 June, 2pm
Touch Tour, 12.45pm

BSL INTERPRETED
Wednesday 29 May, 7.30pm

CAPTIONED
Saturday 1 June, 2pm

  • Book Accessible performances here

Read The Lyceum's Access Statement here

Creative Learning Events

POST SHOW DISCUSSION
Tuesday 28 May
Takes place in the Stalls after the evening's performance.

  • FREE, no ticket required

LYT CURTAIN RAISER
Friday 31 May, 5:30pm
LYT will be doing a series of short performances in response to the show on the main stage, just before the show.

TALK SHOW
Friday 7 June, 5pm
Why Do We Want Blood? (Particularly the Blood of Women)

DRAMATURGY WORKSHOP
Saturday 1 June, 10am-4.30pm
The Duchess [of Malfi]: Renaissance to Modern Day Dramaturgy