Saturday, 31 May 2014


The play The Duchess of Malfi was on BBC Four last week. It was written by John Webster in 1614 and so it is Shakespearean without being by Shakespeare. I watched it and enjoyed it very much, it is the sort of thing I think there should be more of on TV.

For me the standout performances were Sean Gilder as Bosola and James Garnon as Cardinal Malfi. They were both funny at times and serious at other times, playing baddys in a conspiracy who then fell out with each other leading to their downfall. It is a Tragedy so most of the characters die at the end.

I hope they will be in the new series of The Hollow Crown when the BBC makes that.

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