News: Jodie Whittaker returns to the West End in The Duchess

Returning to the stage for the first time in over a decade, Jodie Whittaker (Doctor Who, Broadchurch)
takes on the iconic role of a lifetime in Zinnie Harris’ acclaimed contemporary production of The
. This powerful adaptation of John Webster’s classic The Duchess of Malfi opens for a strictly limited 11- week West End season at the Trafalgar Theatre from 5 October – 20 December. Tickets are on sale now from

Jodie Whittaker said: “I’m beyond delighted to return to the stage after over a decade, and even more
so to lead Zinnie Harris’ incredibly powerful adaptation of John Webster’s harrowing drama. Zinnie has
so brilliantly propelled The Duchess of Malfi into contemporary culture, which is what originally drew
me to the piece. Being able to portray the Duchess’ tragic and captivating story on stage every night is
a true honour.”

Recently widowed and in search for a new lease of life, the Duchess (Whittaker) defies her family’s wishes by remarrying beneath her class. However, when her brothers, driven by insurmountable greed and rage, discover her second marriage they unleash a series of cruel and devastating punishments against her that repress her power. But will their vicious atrocities come back to haunt them?

Directed and adapted by award-winning Zinnie Harris (Macbeth (an undoing)), this “towering adaptation” (The Stage) of Webster’s thrilling drama explores the depths of the patriarchy against
female resistance.

Vivid, complex and captivating, further casting for this must-see contemporary production will be
announced soon.

Originally produced and developed by the Royal Lyceum Theatre.

Trafalgar Theatre, 14 Whitehall, London SW1A 2DY
First Performance: 5 October 2024
Final performance: 20 December 2024
Matinee performances: Thursday and Saturday at 2:30pm
Evening performances: Monday to Saturday at 7:30pm
Age guidance: 12+

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