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Pell Mell Theatre Company will present a new production of John Webster's Jacobean tragedy The Duchess of Malfi at the New Diorama Theatre near Euston, north London as part of the Camden Fringe Festival from 5 Aug to 23 Aug 2014.
Chosen as part of Pell Mell's ongoing commitment to exploring the language used to undermine and limit women The Duchess of Malfi provides an ideal opportunity to engage with one of Jacobean theatre's only true female tragic heroines.
Directed by Natalie York, Webster's darkest revenge tragedy follows the widowed Duchess of Malfi as she searches for a new husband. Whilst her eye falls fatally on her servant Antonio, the couple get married in secret thinking that her noble family will come round to the engagement at a later time. As the secret is prematurely broken, the lies begin to unravel and the Duchess' brothers begin to plot the most horrific revenge.
In conjunction with the production Pell Mell will also be performing passages from the play within the local community, building on the work carried out with Rape Crisis UK on their production of “The Rover". The Duchess of Malfi will mark Pell Mellʼs third show as part of The Camden Fringe Festival and their fourth at The New Diorama Theatre.