More widely studied and more frequently performed than ever before, John Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi is here presented in an accessible and thoroughly up-to-date edition.
Based on the Revels Plays text, the notes have been augmented to cast further light both on Webster’s amazing dialogue and on the stage action. An entirely new introduction sets the tragedy in the context of pre-Civil War England and gives a revealing view of its imagery and dramatic action.
From its well-documented early performances to the two productions seen in the West End of London in the 1995-96 season, a stage history gives an account of the play in performance. Students, actors, directors and theatre-goers will all find here a reappraisal of Webster’s artistry in the greatest age of English theatre, which highlights why it has lived on stage with renewed force in the last decades of the twentieth century.
A. & C. Black