Between the 15th and 17th of November, Six Lips Theatre Company will be staging a very exciting performance of The Duchess of Malfi as part of their ensemble season. In the past, they have performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Faustus in 2013), as well as in various venues around the city of York. For The Duchess of Malfi, Six Lips will be performing at The Fleeting Arms on Gillygate.
The Duchess of Malfi is a tragic play originally written by English playwright John Webster and published in 1623. Beginning as a love story between the Duchess and one of the palace stewards, it soon descends into violent madness with the Duchess’ family craving revenge for her apparent abandonment of the family by choosing to marry below her class.
Whilst the play has been performed many times over the years, Six Lips promise to bring a new experimental twist to proceedings that have not been seen before. As an independent and mostly female theatre company, they aim to transform the play and its ideals into a new modern perspective based upon womanhood and the concept of contemporary gender roles. For anyone looking for some alternative theatre in York, this looks to be an exciting new twist on an already popular play.
Performances start at 7.30pm on the 15th, 16th, and 17th of November at The Fleeting Arms on Gillygate, with tickets priced at £10, or £8 for concessions.
The Duchess of Malfi starts at The Fleeting Arms on Sunday 15 November, 7.30pm