19:45, Tue 12th – Sat 16th February 2008 at ADC Theatre
Lent Week 4
Under the dark, dank February sky, a dazzling light will shine. She is The White Devil. And like a mine of diamonds, she refuses to break.
Atop the chequered marble of an Italian court, a game of chess will be staged; some will play dukes, others must play pawns. The key to survival is clever moves and viciousness. It’s theatre, after all.
Vittoria and Flamineo, proud but poor siblings, know this game all too well. Flamineo acts as pander between his married sister and the Duke of Brachiano - an illicit affair unfolds, breeding lust, murder and revenge in its wake.
Vittoria, the femme fatale, becomes the scapegoat – her startling wit and rebelliousness pose too great a threat to male dominance. She must be destroyed.
Webster’s tragedy is crueller, darker and more seductive than any of Shakespeare’s; it’d be a nightmare to miss.