THE DUCHESS OF MALFI
by John Webster
by John Webster
Tue 2 - Sat 6 April 2019 at 7.30pm
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Sheep Street, Northampton NN1 3NL
Friday 18 January at 7.30pm
Burns Street Studios,
9 Burns Street,
Northampton NN1 3QF
Anyone can audition for Masque Theatre productions. If cast, you will be required to become a member of the group.
For more information about this production, contact the director, John Myhill, on 07802 399884
John Webster, a contemporary of Shakespeare, wrote Duchess around 1613, and it was performed at The Globe with actors from Shakespeare’s company, including Burbage and Condell.
The play focuses on the recently widowed Duchess in a period when widows were effectively the only women with power and property in their own right, being otherwise the property (literally) of their fathers, brothers or husbands.
Her own brothers (a cardinal and a duke, i.e. church and state), want to re-assert control over her after the death of her husband and demand that she agrees not to remarry. In the case of the duke there are also suggestions of incestuous desires towards his sister as an ulterior motive.
Instead, she secretly marries her steward Antonio, a capable and kind man who is willing to remain a secret husband and not demand control of her.
Learning of this, her brothers plot their revenge, with the help of Bosola who begins to doubt his calling as a spy and assassin.
Violent and poetical, The Duchess of Malfi is often cited as one of the greatest tragedies of Renaissance drama.
Auditions will be held on Friday the 18th January 2019, 7:30pm at Burns Street. Audition pieces will be available shortly before then.
The characters below are in approximate order of most lines (the script is still being edited so these may change, but they give a good indication of the size of each role).
Characters are shown as male or female but in most cases I am willing to consider casting actors of any gender as long as they can play the role convincingly. In some cases I have put a few characters together in a 'package' role'.