Nothing new here. This is your typical tragedy with a complex set of events with lots of murders and betrayals in the name of lust! A type of play we have seen so many times before, a lot like Shakespeare, where everyone gives long speeches before dying and the story always seems to last an awfully long time.
I have to admit I do not like these sort of plays , but then I’m not a great Shakespeare fan either. I do keep going to Shakespeare plays in a hope that he may grow on me, but I saw Henry IV the other day and hated it. You’ll notice I never review his plays, I certainly am not qualified to do so! This Webster play is very much like watching a Shakespearean tragedy.
I may not like the story, but the acting is superb from the RSC. There is a lot of passion and hard work gone into the roles to make them convincing and lively. It is hard to pick out the best performances as all were competent.