The Duchess of Malfi (Birmingham Mail)
bright lights of a Crescent company into a dark Jacobean tragedy and you are
guaranteed an evening of drama at its deadliest.
Webster’s tale of murders, madness, incest and corruption involving a crooked
cardinal and his mad brother makes its twisting journey to a clutter of corpses
by way of snide asides and lots of plotting.
There is a
point at which Dave Hill’s excellent and fast-moving production could have been
in danger of sliding past the tenuous line into melodrama but it does not
happen. There is a firm hand on the tiller and an experienced crew responds
(Ferdinand) heads the honours list with his vibrant portrayal of an
uncontrolled and accelerating madness that glitters from sparkling eyes with
John Slim, Birmingham Mail 17 November