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A new, tense and streamlined adaptation for four actors of The Duchess of Malfi previewed at The Cockpit, Marylebone before a run at The Drayton Arms Theatre.
Duchess: Stephanie Schmalzle
Ferdinand: Ollie Dickens
Bosola: James Rose
Antonio: Jordan Bernarde
Adapted, directed and designed by Alisdair Kitchen.
"This production of The Duchess of Malfi is lively, gripping and enjoyable...Director Alisdair Kitchen has a flair for the naturalistic and understated, which contrasts well with the later violent excesses. Despite the fact that this version of the play is a four-hander, necessitating the removal of several characters, the narrative and the action flow smoothly. Scenes segue seamlessly and logically, and love, betrayal and murder do their inevitable, twisted dance." - LondonTheatre1
What our audiences said:
"A well-executed performance full of passion. The piano interludes complemented the text well and most enjoyable to listen to in their own right." - Jacqueline
"This tight production works really well and the scenes follow each other seamlessly...the set is very simple and effective, the lighting (and lack of it) emphasises the darkness of the play. All four actors are excellent." - Lisa
"Alisdair Kitchen's streamlined version is taut and clear. The modern dress production highlights the surprising modernity of Webster's writing and perspective. The violent fate of the duchess (whose independence and strength are well depicted by Stephanie Schmalzle) at the behest of her family unfortunately seems like something you might read about in tomorrow's news." - Mike
"Wonderfully acted and gripping play" - Carol