Northampton’s Masque Theatre present John Webster’s revenge tragedy from 2-6 April 2019 – the cast of 18 local performers have just been announced.
Director John Myhill combines faces old and new to bring to life the dark revenge play in the atmospheric surroundings of the Holy Sepulchre Church on Sheep Street.
Often cited as one of the greatest tragedies of Renaissance drama, The Duchess of Malfi focuses on the recently widowed Duchess and her brothers’ relentless desire to assert control over her. When she secretly marries her steward Antonio for love rather than reputation, the brothers plot their revenge with the help of spy and assassin Bosola.
Nicola Osborne (Woman in Mind, Antony and Cleopatra) takes the lead of The Duchess, with Matthew Fell (Antony and Cleopatra, The Rover) and Martin Williams (Woman in Mind, Hamlet) as her brothers Ferdinand and The Cardinal respectively, James Lickman (Hamlet) as Antonio and Alex Rex (Madame Bovary, The Rover) as Daniel de Bosola.
The cast also includes Megan Lucas (Macbeth, Woman in Mind) as Delio, Bernie Wood (Duets (White Cobra), Antony and Cleopatra) as Cariola, Becki Cockcroft (Blackadder’s Christmas Carol, The House of Fog (both for Duston Players)) as Julia, David Chappell (Macbeth, Our Town) as Castruccio, Ian Bradley (Cowboy Mouth, Hamlet) as Doctor, Chris Stobart (Henry V, A Midsummer Night’s Dream) as Silvio, Mairead Kearins (Hamlet, Madame Bovary) as Primus, Di Wyman (A Christmas Carol, The Bacchae) as “Old Lady”, Kelly Golding makes her Masque debut as Malatesti, April Pardoe (Defying Gravity, Antony and Cleopatra) as Pescara, Jen Kenny (Macbeth, Antony and Cleopatra) as Roderigo, Maggie Holland (Jekyll & Hyde (The Playhouse Theatre), Antony and Cleopatra) as Secundus and Tamsyn Payne (Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (both as co-director/designer)) as Tertius.
The Duchess of Malfi runs at The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, 79 Sheep St, Northampton NN1 3EB, from 2-6 April 2019, each evening at 7.30pm. Tickets will be on sale online soon – keep an eye on the Masque Theatre website for more details.