First of all a confession: when the indoor, horse-shoe shaped Sam Wanamaker Playhouse opened within the walls of Shakespeare's Globe in 2014, I went to the opening production of Webster's The Duchess of Malfi -- but have never returned. Until now. It may look like its one of the most delightful theatres in the land, but that's only as long as you don't have to watch a play there.
The White Devil, The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
Loosely based on bizarre real-life events from Renaissance Italy, Webster conjures a compelling tale of hypocrisy and corruption. Villains, victims and conspirators move through the dark spaces between reality and the world of nightmares, in the flickering light and shadow of the Playhouse. Director Annie Ryan brings a theatrical reimagining to this classic Jacobean tale of betrayal and revenge.
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In the shadows of the court and the darkness of the human heart, greed and lust corrupt and breed murderous atrocity. Consumed by a violent passion for all things forbidden, the Duke of Brachiano murders his wife in order to possess another woman, triggering a cycle of violence, deceit and madness that shatters family bonds and moral values.