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.

In 2018, Maria Aberg (Doctor Faustus, The White Devil) returned to the RSC to direct John Webster's gory tale in her own distinct style.

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.


Jeff Alexander - Doctor
Aretha Ayeh - Julia
Greg Barnett - Delio
Graeme Brookes - Officer
Will Brown - Roderigo
Alexander Cobb - Ferdinand
Ashley Gayle - Silvio
Francis Gush - Counter Tenor
Amanda Hadingue - Cariola
Richard Hurst - Grisolan
Solomon Israel - Officer
Joan Iyiola - The Duchess
Chris New - The Cardinal
Nicolas Tennant - Bosola
Paul Woodson - Antonio


Maria Aberg - Director
Naomi Dawson - Designer
Natasha Chivers - Lighting
Orlando Gough - Music
Claire Windsor - Sound
Ayse Tashkiran - Movement
Rachel Bown-Williams - Fights
Ruth Cooper-Brown - Fights