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The White Devil

Duration:
2 hours
First broadcast:
Sunday 15 August 2010

By John Webster

Flamineo ..... Patrick Kennedy
Vittoria ..... Anna Maxwell Martin
Brachiano ..... Shaun Dingwall
Francisco ..... Peter Wight
Monticelso ..... Sean Baker
Ludovico ..... Harry Myers
Isabella ..... Christine Kavanagh
Gasparo ..... David Seddon
Camillo ..... Sam Dale
Cornelia ..... Frances de la Tour
Marcello ..... Michael Shelford
Giovanni ..... Lloyd Thomas
Hortensio ..... Tony Bell
Zanche ..... Pippa Bennett Warner
Dr Julio ..... Jude Akuwudike

Adapted and directed by Marc Beeby

The wealthy Brachiano conceives a violent passion for the married Vittoria Corombona. Her brother Flamineo, Brachiano's secretary, plots to bring his sister and his master together, in the hope of advancing his own career. Their plans are impeded by the return to Rome of Isabella - Brachiano's wife, and sister to the powerful Francisco. Desperate for Vittoria, Brachiano arranges to have both Isabella and Vittoria's husband murdered. And in so doing makes an implacable enemy of the deadly Francisco...
The play was first performed in 1612, but this production sets the action in a murky underworld of the 1950s - a world that seeks to hide its shifting alliances, betrayals and sudden violence beneath a flaky veneer of honour and respectability.

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