A contemporary of William Shakespeare, the Jacobean dramatist, John Webster, is best known for his tragedies, amongst which, The Duchess of Malfi is considered a masterpiece of the seventeenth century.
It is four hundredth anniversary since the play was performed at the original Globe Theatre in 1613-14, and now it is to be shown again at Shakespeare's Globe between 9th January - 16th February.
Directed by Dominic Dromgoole, the new production combines horrific sets and vivid characters to tell a macabre love story starring Gemma Arterton. The recently widowed Duchess longs to marry Antonio, a steward with whom she has been having an affair. But her brothers do not approve, and when they discover that she secretly elopes, they plot revenge.
Tickets are £10-£60, but for an extra £7, you can book on a 'behind the scenes' night, which includes a talk that gives rare insight into the history of the play.