By JOHN WEBSTER
Directed By REBECCA FRECKNALL
Running Time: Approx 2 hours and 45 mins, incl. an interval
★★★★★ Time Out
★★★★ The Guardian, Evening Standard, The Observer, i, The Stage
“Whether we fall by ambition, blood or lust
Like diamonds, we are cut with our own dust”
You fall in love.
You get married.
You have children.
You live happily ever after.
Almeida Associate Director Rebecca Frecknall follows her Olivier Award-winning production of Summer and Smoke and Three Sisters with The Duchess of Malfi, John Webster’s electrifying revenge tragedy about rage, resistance and a deadly lust for power.
When the Duchess falls in love with her steward Antonio, her corrupt brothers embark on a chilling plot to destroy her marriage, power and agency. What begins as a jealous plan to extinguish her love becomes a bloodthirsty quest to extinguish her life.
Lydia Wilson returns to the Almeida to play the Duchess, following her Olivier Award-nominated performance in King Charles III.
Photograph by Nadav Kander
Tickets for many performances of The Duchess of Malfi are now limited or sold out. But there are still some ways you can get tickets. Read our guide here.
Previews Sat 30 Nov – Mon 9 Dec
Press Night 7pm Tue 10 Dec
Evenings 7.30pm (except 5pm on 1 Jan)
Wed matinees 2.30pm from 18 Dec (except 25 Dec)
Sat matinees 2.30pm from 14 Dec
Tue matinee 2:30pm 31 Dec
Thu matinee 2:30pm 2 Jan
Fri matinee 2:30pm 27 Dec
Christmas and New Year
24 - 26 Dec No performances
31 Dec 2.30pm only
1 Jan 5pm only
30 Nov – 9 Dec
£34, £29, £20, £10
11 Dec – 25 Jan
£42.50, £34, £20, £10
Thu 2 Jan after 7:30pm performance
Post-show talk with members of The Duchess of Malfi company. Free to same performance ticket holders.
Fri 20 Dec 7.30pm
£5 Captioned tickets available to those aged 25 and under on sale Mon 11 Nov.
Book by calling Box Office on 020 7359 4404.
Audio Described performance
Sat 4 Jan 2.30pm
(Touch Tour 12.45pm)
£5 Audio Described tickets available to those aged 25 and under on sale Mon 11 Nov.
Book by calling Box Office on 020 7359 4404.
Sat 30 Nov – Wed 11 Dec (except 10 Dec)
If you live or work in the Islington area you can book best available seats for £25 for the opening performances, subject to availability.
Enter the promo code ISFIRST at the top of the seating plan screen before selecting your seats. For applicable postcodes see here.
Customers claiming Jobseeker's Allowance and students can book second-price band tickets for £25 on Monday - Thursday evenings and Wednesday & Saturday matinees. Concessions tickets are also applicable for first-price band tickets on Wednesday and Saturday matinees*.
Concessions tickets are subject to availability and not available in the final week of performances. For more information click here.
Customers who are 65 and over can book second-price-band tickets* for £25 on Monday - Thursday evenings and Wednesday & Saturday matinees. Over 65s tickets are also applicable for first-price band tickets on Wednesday and Saturday matinees. For more information click here.
Customers aged 30 or under can book second-price-band tickets for £15 on Monday - Thursday evenings and Wednesday & Saturday matinees*.
Deaf and disabled patrons and a companion can buy tickets for £25 for all performances by calling the Box Office on 020 7359 4404.
*Concessions are subject to availability and proof of eligibility is required. Concessions in the final week of performances are only valid for Deaf and disabled bookings
25 and under
£5 tickets will be available to those age 25 and under for performances on Mon 2 Dec, Tue 3 Dec, Mon 9 Dec, Mon 16 Dec, Tue 17 Dec, Mon 23 Dec & Mon 30 Dec. Enter the promo code 25UNDER to access.
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★★★★★ Lydia Wilson is a phenomenal Duchess in Rebecca Frecknall’s revelatory rewiring of Webster’s gory tragedy
★★★★ Lydia Wilson's performance is one of riveting and charismatic perfection.
★★★★ Lydia Wilson is extraordinarily haunting
★★★★ a taut psychological thriller
The running time is approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes, including a 15 minute interval.
This production includes violent scenes, a firearm, sudden loud noises and flashing lights. Read more about our production guidance and warnings or contact Box Office if you have specific concerns.
Direction Rebecca Frecknall
Design Chloe Lamford
Costume Nicky Gillibrand
Light Jack Knowles
Sound George Dennis
Casting Julia Horan CDG
Resident Director Sammy Glover
Fight Director Jonathan Holby
Resident Designer (Sound) Fizz Margereson
Resident Designer (Set) Amy Hayden-Wason
Resident Designer (Costume) Finlay Forbes Gower
Jersey Blu Georgia