The Duchess of malfi

Great eastern quay, London, UK • 2010

Presented by Punchdrunk and English National Opera.


With an original score by Torsten Rasch, The Duchess Of Malfi rendered the dark heart of Webster's classic tragedy of intrigue, murder and revenge into an epic immersive opera.

Told by an ensemble of 21 singers and dancers, the production featured a 69-piece symphony orchestra roaming across the 136,000 square feet of a decommissioned pharmaceutical headquarters in London's docklands. Tickets for the entire run of performances sold out on the day of release.


"Fantastic in the most literal sense: if there were ever a candidate for a six - star review, this would surely be it."

Hannah Nepil, Time Out

"Punchdrunk describes its work as 'immersive', and it is. It changes you from being a distant member of the audience to a voyeur (of the wild sexuality of the duchess and her servant Antonio) or a witness (to Malfi's horrific end), and there are moments when you feel - as a dancer's body brushes against you - dangerously close to an accomplice"
Kate Kellaway, The Observer

"The show lingers in the back streets of your imagination, like a grotesque act of violence glimpsed through the window of a speeding train." 
Ben Brantley, The New York Times


Directors: Felix Barrett & Maxine Doyle
Senior Producer: Colin Nightingale
Choreographer: Maxine Doyle
Designers: Felix Barrett, Livi Vaughan, Beatrice Minns
Lighting Designer: Euan Maybank
Sound Design & Composition: Stephen Dobbie 
Costume Design: Tina Bicât

Photos by Stephen Cummiskey

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