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The White Devil - RSC Stratford on Avon

Leamington Editorial 23rd Jun, 2014 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

THE CURTAIN comes down on the RSC Roaring Girls season with John Webster’s violent tragedy The White Devil.

The production – the third in the feisty females season following The Roaring Girl and Arden of Faversham – plays in the Swan Theatre from July 30 to November 29.

Duke Bracciano is besotted by the beautiful Vittoria. When he makes her an indecent proposal she can’t refuse, she enlists the help of Flamineo to fool her husband, and begins an illicit affair. But their infidelity does not go unnoticed.

Accusations of adultery are made and Vittoria and Flamineo find themselves snared in a web of corruption, passion and retribution as their single minded pursuit of personal gain reaches an epic and bloody conclusion.

One of the great works of Jacobean theatre, Maria Aberg directs the play which was last performed on the Stratford stage in 1996.

Maria’s recent RSC credits include the vibrant 2013 As You Like It and King John as part of the 2012 World Shakespeare Festival.

Leading the cast is Kirsty Bushell as The White Devil Vittoria, and Laura Elphinstone as Vittoria’s sister Flamineo. Kirsty was last at the RSC with the 2012 productions of Twelfth Night, The Tempest and The Comedy of Errors.

Music for The White Devil is composed by David Maclean and Tommy Grace from the band Django Django, whose 2012 self-titled debut album was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize.

Video design for the production is by Nathan Parker who was the Art Director for the music video for Adele’s ‘Rolling in the Deep’, for which he won the MTV Video Music Award for Best Art Direction.

Visit www.rsc.org.uk for tickets and further details.

Kirsty Bushell returns to the RSC to play The White Devil Vittoria. (s)

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