A woman covered in blood stands upright, defiant, on a bed.

The Duchess of Malfi

John Webster

A defiant woman is destroyed by her corrupt brothers in this violent revenge tragedy, full of dark humour.

  • Swan Theatre


    Until 3 Aug 2018

  • Running time:

    2 hrs 5 mins + 20 mins interval

In an attempt to prevent the fiercely independent Duchess from marrying the man she loves, her corrupt brothers go on a disturbing quest to destroy her.

Remarkable for its inventive and grotesque violence, yet full of dark humour, this violent revenge tragedy asks how anyone can survive in a world where masculinity has become toxic.

Maria Aberg (Doctor Faustus, The White Devil) returns to the RSC to direct John Webster's gory tale in her own distinct style.

Please note The Duchess of Malfi contains violence, scenes that some people may find distressing, and a lot of blood!