CAST AND CREATIVES ANNOUNCED FOR WORLD PREMIERE OF THE DUCHESS [OF MALFI]
Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and Citizens Theatre present the world premiere of The Duchess [of Malfi]
- A brand new version of John Webster’s gruesome Jacobean tale of love, power and revenge written and directed by multi-award winning Zinnie Harris (writer of Rhinoceros, (The Fall of) The Master Builder, This Restless House, How to Hold Your Breath, and director of award-winning A Number, The Lyceum).
- Following the critical acclaim of Gut (National Theatre of Scotland and Traverse Theatre), the production reunites Zinnie with Kirsty Stuart, who will star as The Duchess, and Frances Poet who joins as Dramaturg
- The production further stars George Costigan as The Cardinal, Angus Miller as Ferdinand, Adam Best as Bosola, Graham Mackay-Bruce as Antonio, Fletcher Mathers as Cariola, Adam Tompa as Delio, Leah Walker as Julia, and Eleanor Kane as Musician
- A chilling exploration of male rage and female resistance, Zinnie Harris’ retooled adaptation sets this bloody tale of toxic patriarchy versus female empowerment against a backdrop of growing modernity, women’s liberation and sexual freedom.
- The production includes original composition from Oğuz Kaplangi (Rhinoceros, The Lyceum and DOT Theatre Istanbul) and Sound Design by MJ McCarthy (Wendy & Peter Pan, Glory on Earth, The Lyceum; Ulster American, What Girls Are Made Of, Traverse Theatre and international tours; Nora: A Doll’s House, Citizens Theatre).
- Uniting two of Scotland’s major producing theatres, The Duchess [of Malfi] will open at Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh in May, before touring to Glasgow as part of the Citizens Women season.
The Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and the Citizens Theatre are delighted to present the world premiere of The Duchess [of Malfi], a new version of John Webster’s original play, written and directed by the multi award-winning Zinnie Harris. John Webster’s dark tale of brutal treachery will be re-imagined and refuelled by Harris’ vivid imagery and dazzling dialogue, which have been so heralded in her incredible adaptations of Rhinoceros (The Lyceum), The Oresteia: This Restless House (Citizens Theatre and National Theatre of Scotland), The Master Builder (Leeds Playhouse) and original work including How to Hold Your Breath (Royal Court).
Speaking of the production, Zinnie said: “In this #MeToo age of feminist uprising in the face of toxic masculinity, now feels like the perfect time to revisit this incredible, brutal story of female determination in the face of patriarchal power. It’s an honour to be revisiting John Webster’s play as both a writer and director. The Duchess is an unapologetic, fearless character, who happens to fall in love, and I’m excited to be bringing her to life for Edinburgh and Glasgowaudiences.”
‘What the hell actually is it, this thing called love?
What will it do to us? And will it kill us in the end?’
The Duchess is a young widow. Her husband is dead, and she is free. But her financial position, sexual freedom and youth mean that she could be dangerous; she could get to determine her own life.
That is if she isn’t stopped first.
Terrified by her sudden power and its implications, her brothers Ferdinand and The Cardinal seek to block The Duchess’ desire to re-marry, repress her agency, and dismantle both her authority and spirit through any means necessary, with horrifying results and bloody vengeance from the most unexpected of sources...
Starring Kirsty Stuart (Gut, National Theatre of Scotland, Traverse; This Restless House, Citizens Theatre, National Theatre of Scotland; Crude, Grid Iron; Flo, Oran Mor; Uncanny Valley, Ayr Gaiety Theatre, Edinburgh Science Festival; Shetland, River City, BBC; Outlander, Starz) as the fearless Duchess, George Costigan (What Shadows, The Lyceum, Birmingham Rep; Crime & Punishment, The Lyceum, Citizens Theatre, Liverpool Playhouse; Long Day’s Journey into Night, Citizens Theatre and HOME; This Restless House, King Lear, Citizens Theatre; A Number, Blackbird; York Theatre Royal; Forests, Birmingham Rep, Barbican, European Tour; Happy Valley, BBC) as the corrupt Cardinal, and Angus Miller (The Belle’s Stratagem, The Lyceum; Pandemonium, Prunecchio International Arts Festival; Trainspotting, Scottish Tour, Citizens Theatre; Let The Right One In, National Theatre of Scotland, New York, West End, London; Shetland, BBC) as enraged Ferdinand, the cast is joined by Adam Best (Long Day’s Journey into Night, The Lyceum; Medicine, Hope Theatre; The Girl on the Train, Leeds Playhouse; Hedda Gabler, National Theatre and UK Tour; Lions and Tigers, Shakespeare’s Globe; Twelfth Night, The Plough and the Stars, National Theatre; This Restless House, Hamlet, Citizens Theatre; Crime & Punishment, The Lyceum, Citizens Theatre, Liverpool Everyman; Public Enemy, Young Vic; The Woman in Black, West End) as Bosola and Graham Mackay-Bruce as Antonio (Travesties, The Last Witch, Chicago, Scrooge, Pitlochry Festival Theatre; Brigadoom, Oran Mor; No Way to Treat a Lady, Landor Theatre; Scrooge, Bill Kenwright Ltd; Sleeping Beauty, Eden Court Theatre; La Cage Aux Folles, English Theatre; The Tempest, Italian Tour).
Completing the cast is Fletcher Mathers (The 306 Day, To Begin, National Theatre of Scotland; Slice, Quartet, Oran Mor; The Bookie, Cumbernauld Theatre; Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Broken Glass, The Collection, Rapture Theatre; The Winter King, Tron Theatre, Limelight; Hamlet, Citizens Theatre) as Cariola, Leah Walker (Lord of the Flies, Sherman, Theatr Clwyd; Hamlet, Jane Eyre, Octagon Theatre Bolton; Ode to Leeds, West Yorkshire Playhouse; Amadee, Birmingham Rep; The Skriker, Royal Exchange Theatre; Girls Like That, Liverpool Playhouse) as Julia, and Eleanor Kane (Billionaire Boy, Nuffield Theatre, UK Tour; Fun Home, Young Vic; Barefoot Gen, Maya Productions; Werther, Scottish Opera) as Musician.
Acclaimed designer Tom Piper MBE (Rhinoceros, The Lyceum; Cyrano de Bergerac, The Lyceum, Citizens Theatre, National Theatre of Scotland; Nora: A Doll’s House, Citizens Theatre; Romeo & Juliet, Barbican Theatre and Tour; White Teeth, Kiln Theatre; Weeping Window, poppy installation tour) will be joined by Associate Designer Max Johns (Wendy & Peter Pan, The Lyceum; Random, Kes, Leeds Playhouse; Buggy Baby, The Yard; Utility, The Orange Tree), with video designed by Jamie Macdonald (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Arabian Nights,The Lyceum; An Evening with an Immigrant, Fuel; Mouthpiece, Traverse Theatre; Submarine Time Machine, National Theatre of Scotland; 1719, Scottish Opera) and lighting by Ben Ormerod (All’s Well That Ends Well, Sam Wanamaker Theatre; Woyzeck in Winter, Landmark Productions, Galway Festival; This Restless House, Citizens Theatre, National Theatre of Scotland).
Music will be composed by Oğuz Kaplangi, who returns to The Lyceum following his work on the award-winning Rhinoceros, a Lyceum and DOT Theatre Istanbul co-production.He is joined by MJ McCarthy (Wendy & Peter Pan, Glory on Earth, The Lyceum; Ulster American, What Girls Are Made Of, Traverse Theatre and international tours; Nora: A Doll’s House, Trainspotting, The Gorbals Vampire, Rapunzel, Into That Darkness, Fever Dream: Southside, Sports Day, Citizens Theatre) as Sound Designer.
Frances Poet (Gut, shortlisted for the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting and directed by Zinnie Harris forTraverse Theatre; Adam, National Theatre of Scotland; Faith Fall, Oran Mor, Tobacco Factory; What Put the Blood, Abbey Theatre)will provide dramaturgy, with Kally Lloyd-Jones (The Belle’s Stratagem, The Lyceum; Cyrano de Bergerac, The Lyceum, Citizens Theatre, National Theatre of Scotland; Under Milk Wood, Tron Theatre; The Libertine, Citizens Theatre, Bristol Old Vic) directing movement and Renny Krupinski (Cyrano de Bergerac, The Lyceum, Citizens Theatre, National Theatre of Scotland; Shakespeare in Love, Theatre Royal Bath and national tour; Twelfth Night, The Young Vic; One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Sheffield Crucible)completing the creative team as Fight Director.
Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and Citizens Theatre present the world premiere of
The Duchess [of Malfi] A new version by Zinnie Harris
After John Webster
Directed by Zinnie Harris
17 May – 8 June 2019
PRESS NIGHT: TUESDAY 21 MAY 2019, 7.30pm
4 – 21 September 2019
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