The Duchess of Malfi

Theatre

Drama

Various venues

Until Sun Feb 16

  • © Mark Douet

  • © Mark Douet

    James Gamon (Cardinal) and Gemma Arterton (The Duchess)

  • © Mark Douet

    Gemma Arterton (The Duchess)

  • © Mark Douet

  • © Mark Douet

© Mark Douet

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Back knackering bench aside, the theatre is lush, heady & blissfully painted. Candles give a quite perky light at full trhrottle & candelabrae winch up & down like express lifts. That aside, up to the Duchess' death , it's a close & clever production. Gemma Arterton excels as the eponymous heroine, except for underreacting to her 'dead' husband & son, Ferdinand (David Dawson) is sufficiently creepy & deeply worrying, and Bosola mainly convinces. I didn't love the music, but the last jig was very moving somehow when everyone came back to life, smiled and danced. The madmen, often done in an embarrassing & ludicrous way, were rather touching, and their dance beautiful.

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