News: Jodie Whittaker Returns To The Stage In The Duchess

June 3, 2024
News: Jodie Whittaker Returns To The Stage In The Duchess

Jodie Whittaker (Doctor Who, Broadchurch) is returning to the stage for the first time in over a decade to star in The Duchess at the Trafalgar Theatre for a limited 11-week run from October 5th October to 20th December.

Jodie Whittaker said: “I’m beyond delighted to return to the stage after over a decade, and even more so to lead Zinnie Harris’ incredibly powerful adaptation of John Webster’s harrowing drama. Zinnie has so brilliantly propelled The Duchess of Malfi into contemporary culture, which is what originally drew me to the piece. Being able to portray the Duchess’ tragic and captivating story on stage every night is a true honour.”

Recently widowed and in search for a new lease of life, the Duchess (Whittaker) defies her family’s wishes by remarrying beneath her class. However, when her brothers, driven by insurmountable greed and rage, discover her second marriage they unleash a series of cruel and devastating punishments against her that repress her power. But will their vicious atrocities come back to haunt them?

Directed and adapted by award-winning Zinnie Harris (Macbeth (an undoing)), this adaptation of Webster’s thrilling drama explores the depths of the patriarchy against female resistance.

Further casting to be announced soon.

Originally produced and developed by the Royal Lyceum Theatre.

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