Damned by Despair

Cast includes Bertie Carvel Obsessed with his own salvation, the hermit Paulo dedicates himself to ten years of prayerful penance. When his faith wavers, the ever-watchful Devil seizes the moment to convince him that he shares the fate of one Enrico, a notorious Neapolitan gangster destined for damnation. Swearing vengeance, Paulo lashes out against God and assembles a band of rival outlaws. And yet, even as their villainous crimes escalate, the possibility of redemption hovers over the two men, perhaps within reach.

William Shakespeare & Thomas Middleton
Bijan Sheibani

Olivier Theatre, National

South Bank, London, SE1 9PX
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Our Damned by Despair Review

Usually, press nights at the National – even at the cavernous Olivier theatre – are packed to the rafters. But as this show was about to start, I noticed lots of empty seats dotted around nearby where I was sitting and also a whole raft of vacant seats right at the back. There was a whiff of foreboding in the air.

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