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'A Fifty-Minute Duchess of Malfi' by John Webster abridged by Bill Tordoff - additional information.

'A Fifty-Minute Duchess of Malfi' by John Webster abridged by Bill Tordoff
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Period and Geography
Location: Italy. Time Period: Medieval
Settings and Set Complexity
Number of Sets: 5
Setting: Bedroom, Wilderness, Castle Interior, Castle Exterior and A Room
Set Requirements: Furniture Only
The script includes characters in the following age range(s):
Unspecified ages
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In addition to the text, the "Producer's Copy" of the Script includes the following:
A list of the required properties
A list of the required sound effects
A lighting plot
Descriptions of the characters
Costume notes
Miscellaneous notes from the author
Abridgement of John Webster's 'The Duchess of Malfi', with the original text cut down to 50 minutes or so.
(The abridgement is copyrighted, so we charge for scripts and copying rights, but performances are royalty-free.)
The eponymous heroine is a rich widow. Her brothers - a duke and a cardinal - want control of her wealth and so have forbidden her from marrying. They set the loyal but troubled Bosola to spy on her, and he discovers that the duchess has, in secret, married Antonio, her steward. The news sets the Duke and Cardinal into such a rage that nobody escapes unscathed.
(Whilst the abridgement reduces the length of the text, all of Webster's gory details are preserved - which is more than can be said for the principals.)


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