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The Duchess [of Malfi] Adapted by Zinnie Harris (Edinburgh)

'Whether we fall by ambition, blood, or lust, like diamonds we are cut with our own dust.'

Webster's The Duchess of Malfi  is the most thrilling and chilling of the Jacobean revenge tragedies - an exploration of male rage and female resistance as two brothers try and control their sister, block her marriage and repress her agency with fatal results.

It was these themes of patriarchy versus female empowerment which convinced Zinnie Harris that the play is ripe for an adaptation which chimes with our contemporary concerns surrounding the abuse of male power.

Webster's dark tale of bloody treachery will be fuelled and retooled by Zinnie Harris' insight, vivid imagery and dazzling prose which have been so heralded in her great adaptation of The Oresteia, This Restless House, (Citizens Theatre and National Theatre of Scotland) and her more recent versions of Ibsen's The Master Builder  (West Yorkshire Playhouse) and Ionesco's Rhinoceros, which sold out at the Edinburgh International Festival and returned to great acclaim for The Lyceum Season 2017/18. She'll also be directing the show, a welcome return after her award-winning production of A Number  seen on The Lyceum stage in 2017.

Adapted by Zinnie Harris after John Webster | Dramturgy by Frances Poet

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Date and Location:

Royal Lyceum Theatre

Start Date: Friday, 17 May, 2019

End Date: Saturday, 8 June, 2019


Address: Grindlay St, Edinburgh EH3 9AX

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