Those picking up theatre tickets and heading to the Old Vic Theatre from March 2012 will be doing so to witness Eve Best in “The Duchess of Malfi”, which is set to appear at the London venue until June. The 17th century play will be making a welcome return to the capital with Jamie Lloyd taking on directing duties and as a result it should be a production that stands out when it opens, taking audiences back to the early 16th century and focusing on the real life court of Malfi in Italy.
“The Duchess of Malfi” was penned by John Webster early in the 17th century, between 1612 and 1613, and has been seen by audiences on many occasions since. Audiences will witness a dramatised version of a tale that truly happened when it arrives at The Old Vic, just as audiences originally did back then when it was first staged at the Blackfriars Theatre in the Blackfriars district of London. Back when it was first presented it was also hosted at the nearby Globe Theatre as well, giving it a large audience that paved the way for its continued presence in the capital.
The story takes us to the court of Malfi in Italy at the beginning of the 16th century and is based on real events that took place here from 1504 to 1510. The Duchess of Malfi has recently been widowed and after meeting the steward Antonio falls in love with him, wishing to remarry. But this means that her brothers will have someone else with which to share their inheritance and they forbid her from marrying him. However, their love is too strong and instead they marry without their knowledge, going on to bear children together and when this secret is revealed her brothers not only attempt to disown her but they are also forced to flee in an act of revenge and deceit.
Eve Best was recently seen in the major movie “The King’s Speech” alongside Colin Firth, though she has also appeared in “Nurse Jackie” for US television and in London theatre productions like “A Moon for the Misbegotten” by Eugene O’Neill at the Old Vic.
“The Duchess of Malfi” appears at the Old Vic Theatre from Saturday 17th March 2012 to Saturday 9th June 2012.
|Booking From:||Saturday, 17th March 2012|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 9th June 2012|
|Matinees:||Wednesday and Saturday 2.30pm|
|Evenings:||Monday to Saturday 7.30pm|
|Running Time:||3 hours|
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