Greenwich Playhouse Presents THE DUCHESS OF MALFI, Feb.21-March 18

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Greenwich Playhouse Presents THE DUCHESS OF MALFI, Feb.21-March 18

Greenwich Playhouse presents THE DUCHESS OF MALFI by John Webster. The production is Directed by Bruce Jamieson; Produced by Alice de Sousa; and Presented by Galleon Theatre Company at its home the Greenwich Playhouse. THE DUCHESS OF MALFI runs 21st February – 18th March 2012, Tues-Sat at 7.30pm - Sun at 4pm.

Tickets are £13, £10 (concs.). For tickets call the Box Office at 020 8858 9256 or email boxoffice@galleontheatre.co.uk.

GREENWICH PLAYHOUSE is located at Greenwich Station Forecourt, 189 Greenwich High Road LONDON SE10 8JA.

The Duchess of Malfi will be the final production to be staged at the popular South London venue the Greenwich Playhouse which will close its doors on the 10th April 2012 after twenty years of service to theatre; following the landlord's - Beds and Bars - decision to not renew the venue's lease in order to exploit commercial opportunities offered by the Olympics.

In The Duchess of Malfi John Webster (1578-1634) created, through language that is rich in imagery and dramatic power. Webster's timeless masterpiece and heart rending love story is an intense study of a society that is broken: riddled with Machiavellian corruption, incest, madness and illicit sexual desire. It exposes issues which are of universal moral significance, and presents questions which have remained permanently elusive. The Duchess of Malfi daringly explores all that is magnificent and reprehensible in humanity. It does this in a bold and shocking manner that is tempered by poetry.

Galleon Theatre Company's directed, designed and acted production of Webster's sexually and religiously provocative obra-prima, will offer a rousing and at times moving quality theatre experience.

The Duchess of Malfi is spearheaded by the acclaimed director/actor Bruce Jamieson (who also plays the Cardinal) and by award winning producer Alice de Sousa (who also plays the Duchess); they are co-founding directors of Galleon Theatre Company, the Greenwich Playhouse and Galleon Films. Their twenty three year creative collaboration has resulted in numerous internationally acclaimed theatre productions, delivered an unbroken legacy of high production values to the independent theatre sector and provided affordable and intelligent entertainment for dozens of thousands of people.

The Director: BRUCE JAMIESON - has directed over thirty previous Galleon productions and played leading roles in some sixty stage plays. As a television and film actor his credits include: The Oxford Murders (Tornasol); Murphy's Law (Tiger Aspect); Monarch of the Glen (Ecosse); Ali G-Inda House (Universal); Roughnecks (BBC); In Suspicious Circumstances (Granada); Crime Solver (BBC); and Spongebob (BBC).

The Producer - ALICE DE SOUSA - is a multi-award winning writer, producer and actress. She has created over seventy stage productions; played leading roles in some thirty plays; written numerous stage and screen scripts; won in 2009 two awards including the Portuguese government's 'Premio de Talento'; in 2004 the American Biographical Institute awarded her with 'Great Women of the 21st Century' and in 2005 as 'Woman of the Year'. (These awards recognise the impact on society of the work of 1000 prolific women worldwide).

The talented Cast: EMMA GRACE ARENDS (Cariola); Barry ClarkE (Castruchio/Doctor); ALICE DE SOUSA (the Duchess of Malfi); MARTIN FOREMAN (Cardinal's Man); PHIL GERRARD (Cardinal's Man); ROBIN HOLDEN (Ferdinand); BRUCE JAMIESON (the Cardinal); ALEXANDER NEAL (Delio); DAMIAN QUINN (Bosola); ALEX REECE (Cardinal's Man); DARREN STAMFORD (Antonio); and TANYA WINSOR (Julia).

The very experience Creative Team boasts: design-driven, contemporary Costumes by NATASHA PIPER (Costume Designer); evocative Scenery by CHARLOTTE RANDELL (Set/props Designer); atmospheric Lighting by Philip Jones (Lighting Designer); exquisite Production Photography by ROBERT GOOCH; and rousing Stage Combat by IAN MCCRACCKEN (Fight Director).

Galleon Theatre Company has staged critically acclaimed theatre since 1989. 

For further information on Galleon Theatre Company, the impending closure of Greenwich Playhouse and Galleon Films, please consult our website on www.galleontheatre.co.uk.

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