THE FACE OF DECADENCE
THE DUCHESS OF MALFI
ST GILES-IN-THE-FIELDS CHURCH, WEST END, 2017
Scena Mundi’s first foray into Jacobean tragedy, this production of Webster’s Duchess of Malfi brings to life the dark, furtive and macabre world of Webster in the stunning setting of St Giles in the Fields, in the heart of the West End. Recently widowed, the young Duchess of Malfi loves and is loved by her steward Antonio. Desirous not to see life pass her by, she marries him despite the orders of her insidious brothers, unleashing a whirlwind of jealousy, madness and death. One of the few female-led classical plays, The Duchess of Malfi is set in a decaying world where the beauty of the palazzi, rich Renaissance fabrics, and jewellery cannot hide the rampant ugliness and corruption of the protagonists. Cruelty and beauty mix in a strange way to create a heady cocktail of refinement and morbidity, seduction and horror. True to its standards of excellent acting and insightful textual exploration, ScenaMundi have decided to stage their Duchess of Malfi in a site specific environment which enhances the dark disintegration at the heart of the play.
Jess Murphy (The Duchess), Pip Brignall (Duke Ferdinand, her twin brother), Martin Prest (The Cardinal, their brother), Thomas Winsor (Antonio), Jack Christie (Bosola), Rupert Bates (Delio), Joanna Simmonett (Cariola & Julia)
Cecilia Dorland (Director), Jean-Philippe Martinez (Music and Sound Design), Gisele Venet (Costumes), Chris Perry (Lighting Design)