Dublin Theatre Festival

Cheek By Jowl

The Duchess of Malfi

By John Webster

Venue Gaiety Theatre

Directed by Declan Donnellan
Design by Nick Ormerod
Cast includes Anastasia Hille, Scott Handy, Paul Brennan, George Anton, Matthew McFayden, Nicola Redmond, Avril Clarke and Shaun Parkes

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In a climate of sexual hypocrisy, a wilful young widow is euphoric in the discovery of love the second time around. But when the news of her marriage reaches her obsessive and sadistic brither, he vows to destroy her.

The Duchess of Malfi is one of the world's greatest plays performed all too rarely, a Jacobean horror tragedy written in 1612 by a contemporary of Shakespeare.

Declan Donnellan's production will explore the themes of hypocrisy, love and insanity using his trademarks of inventiveness, emotional truth and clear storytelling.

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