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Thursday, February 2, 2012

The Duchess of Malfi at the Old Vic

 Eve Best stars in The Duchess of Malfi at the Old Vic this spring.

Eve Best returns to The Old Vic this March, in John Webster's great Jacobean tragedy, The Duchess of Malfi, directed by Jamie Lloyd.

Best most recently played Beatrice to critical acclaim in Shakespeare's Globe Theatre's 2011 production of Much Ado About Nothing. The British actress won an Olivier Award in 2006 for her performance as Hedda Gabler at the Almeida Theatre.

Her screen credits include the Duchess of Windsor in the Oscar-winning film The King's Speech and Dr Eleanor O'Hara in hit US TV drama Nurse Jackie.

Best last appeared at the Old Vic in London opposite Kevin Spacey in A Moon for the Misbegotten in the 2006/2007 season.

Webster's poetic masterpiece tells the dark and bloody story of a widowed Duchess who struggles to retain strength and dignity in the face of corruption and death.

Set in the Italian Renaissance court of Amalfi, The Duchess of Malfi is the story of a recently widowed Duchess who acts against the wishes of her brothers and secretly marries her lover. 

Her marriage inspires a wave of cruel vengeance. Jealousy, madness and bloodshed surround her, but she retains a calm strength and dignity to the end.

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