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Read the synopsis for Thomas Otway's Restoration revenge tragedy, Venice Preserved.

  • Swan Theatre

    Stratford-upon-Avon

    Until 7 Sep 2019

    Book Tickets
  • Running time:

    2 hrs 20 mins + 20 mins interval

Next performance:

27 May, 7:30PM

Swan Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon

SYNOPSIS

First staged in 1682, Thomas Otway’s Restoration revenge tragedy draws on themes of sexual perversion and political corruption. In Prasanna Puwanarajah’s fast-paced version, Blade Runner meets Gotham in a dark, dystopian fantasy.

A SECRET MARRIAGE

Jaffeir, a noble Venetian, has secretly married Belvidera, the daughter of a powerful senator named Priuli. For three years the couple live blissfully, despite her father’s disapproval. When Jaffier loses his fortune and goes to his father-in-law for help, Priuli refuses to provide aid.

A PLOT

Meanwhile, Pierre, a foreign soldier and friend to Jaffeir, is plotting in the shadows. He plans to bring down the Senate in revenge against Antonio, another senator, who is using his political standing to pay for trysts with Pierre’s mistress, Aquilina.

Pierre informs Jaffeir of the plot, stoking his resentment and drawing him into the heart of the revolution. He joins the conspirators, lead by their brutal leader Renault. In order to prove his loyalty and win their trust, Jaffier is forced to offer Belvidera as a hostage.

END GAME

After suffering a near rape by Renault, Belvidera escapes and runs back to Jaffeir, and begs her husband to inform the Senate of the nefarious plot. Torn between loyalty to his wife and his friend, Jaffeir must choose a side – the failed Senate, or the conspirators as corrupt as those in power?