About The Duchess

Trafalgar Theatre, London
5 October 2024 - 20 December 2024

Jodie Whittaker (Doctor Who) stars in The Duchess at the Trafalgar Theatre in London.

Following an acclaimed run in Edinburgh, The Duchess is a thrilling contemporary adaptation of John Webster’s classic revenge tragedy The Duchess of Malfi.

Adapted and directed by award-winning playwright Zinnie Harris (Further than the Furthest Thing), this radical, vivid reimagining sees an attractive, wealthy young widow threaten the status quo of men, with shocking consequences.

Jodie Whittaker returns to the London stage for the first time in a decade to play the role of a lifetime in this “towering adaptation” (The Stage) of The Duchess of Malfi, exploring the depths of the patriarchy against female resistance.

Jodie was the first woman to play Doctor Who in the BBC’s hit sci-fi series, with her other TV credits including Broadchurch (ITV) and Toxic Tom (Netflix). On stage, Jodie starred in Antigone at the National Theatre.

Zinnie Harris is Associate Director at the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh, and her plays and musicals include award-winner Further than the Furthest Thing (National Theatre), 101 Dalmatians The Musical (UK Tour, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), and Macbeth An Undoing (Lyceum Edinburgh).

The Duchess is playing at the Trafalgar Theatre for 11 weeks only from 5 October to 20 December 2024.


Show Information

Performance dates
5 October 2024 - 20 December 2024
Age restrictions
12+
Running time
Approx 2 hours 30 minutes (including interval)
Performance days
Evenings: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Matinees: Thursday, Saturday

Performance information is for guidance only. Check booking calendar for details.

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What's the story of The Duchess?

Recently widowed and in search for a new lease of life, the Duchess (Jodie Whittaker) defies her family’s wishes by remarrying beneath her class.

However, when her brothers, driven by insurmountable greed and rage, discover her second marriage they unleash a series of cruel and devastating punishments against her that repress her power. But will their vicious atrocities come back to haunt them?

Who is in the cast of The Duchess?

Starring Jodie Whittaker as The Duchess

Further casting to be announced

Who are the creative team of The Duchess?

Based on the play The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster

Adapted and directed by Zinnie Harris

Produced by Trafalgar Theatre Productions, Eilene Davidson Productions and Fiery Angel.

Further creatives to be announced


Reviews

★★★★ "A towering adaptation" - The Stage (Lyceum Edinburgh)
★★★★ "Zinnie Harris’s bold reworking" - The Guardian (Lyceum Edinburgh)
★★★★ "Compelling" - What's On Stage (Lyceum Edinburgh)
★★★★ "A bloody revenge tragedy made marvellously modern" - Telegraph (Lyceum Edinburgh)

Important Notes

Please note: Jodie Whittaker will not appear on 18 & 19 October 2024.


Venue Information

Trafalgar Theatre, 14 Whitehall, London, SW1A 2DY
Nearest Tube or Train: Charing Cross (Northern line, Bakerloo line)
Nearest Buses: 3, 9, 11, 12, 24, 29, 53, 77A, 88, 153, 159
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Frequently Asked Questions

The Duchess is playing at the Trafalgar Theatre in London
The running time of The Duchess is Approx 2 hours 30 minutes (including interval)
The age recommendations for The Duchess are: 12+
To buy official London Theatre tickets to The Duchess, click on the Find Tickets button at the top of this page. You will be able to access the booking calendar to check ticket availability and see any exclusive offers or discounts. You will be purchasing tickets from an authorised retailer and member of the Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers.
Yes, The Duchess has matinee performances on the following days: Thursday, Saturday

News about The Duchess

Jodie Whittaker to star in The Duchess at the West End’s Trafalgar Theatre
Jodie Whittaker to star in The Duchess at the West End’s Trafalgar Theatre
Acclaimed TV and stage actor Jodie Whittaker (Doctor Who, Broadchurch) is set to star in The Duchess, Zinnie Harris's contemporary reimagining of John Webster's The Duchess of Malfi, at the Trafalgar Theatre in London. The show is adapted and directed by Zinnie Harris, and follows a successful run at the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh in 2019. The Duchess is playing for 11 weeks only at the Trafalgar Theatre from 5 October to 20 December 2024. Further casting is to be announced. Zinnie Harris' vivid, radical take on Webster’s classic revenge tragedy, is reframed to explore the depths of the patriarchy against female resistance, pushing the violent actions of men to the fore in this intelligent and provocative contemporary reworking of Johnson's classic drama. In the play, the Duchess (Jodie Whittaker) is recently widowed and in search of a new lease of life. She defies her family’s wishes by remarrying beneath her class. However, when her brothers, driven by insurmountable greed and rage, discover her second marriage they unleash a series of cruel and devastating punishments against her that repress her power. But will their vicious atrocities come back to haunt them? Jodie Whittaker is returning to the London stage for the first time in 10 years, since starring in Antigone at the National Theatre alongside another former Doctor Who, Christopher Ecclestone. Jodie Whittaker said in a statement: "I'm beyond delighted to return to the stage after over a decade, and even more so to lead Zinnie Harris' incredibly powerful adaptation of John Webster's harrowing drama. Zinnie has so brilliantly propelled The Duchess of Malfi into contemporary culture, which is what originally drew me to the piece. Being able to portray the Duchess' tragic and captivating story on stage every night is a true honour." Jodie Whittaker was the first woman to play Doctor Who in the BBC's hit sci-fi series. Her other TV credits include Toxic Tom (Netflix), Time (BBC), One Night (Paramount+), Trust Me (BBC), Broadchurch (ITV), Black Mirror (Netflix), The Smoke (Sky One), and The Assets (ABC). Jodie's film work includes Journeyman, Venus, Adult Life Skills, Black Sea and Attack The Block. Zinnie Harris is Associate Director at the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh. Alongside The Duchess, her plays produced at the Lyceum include Macbeth An Undoing, Scent of Roses, Christmas Tales, and Rhinoceros by Ionesco. Zinnie Harris’s other plays include multi-award-winning Further than the Furthest Thing (The Young Vic, National Theatre), 101 Dalmatians The Musical adaptation (UK Tour, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre), Meet Me at Dawn (Traverse Theatre), This Restless House (Citizens Theatre/National Theatre of Scotland), How to Hold Your Breath (Royal Court Theatre), The Message on Watch (Kiln Theatre), The Panel (Kiln Theatre), A Doll's House adaptation (Donmar Warehouse), The Garden (Traverse Theatre), Fall (Traverse Theatre / RSC), Miss Julie adaptation (National Theatre of Scotland), Solstice (RSC), Midwinter (RSC), Nightingale and Chase (Royal Court Theatre), and By Many Wounds (Hampstead Theatre). Jodie Whittaker. Photo by Michael Wharley Currently playing at the Trafalgar Theatre is People, Places and Things starring Denise Gough which is running to 10 August 2024. Next up at the Trafalgar Theatre is classic West End comedy The 39 Steps, running from 16 August to 28 September 2024. The Duchess is produced in the West End by Trafalgar Theatre Productions, Eilene Davidson Productions and Fiery Angel. Doctor Who stars on stage It is shaping up to a big year for Doctor Who stars on stage. Earlier this year former Doctor Who Matt Smith starred in An Enemy of the People at the Duke of York's Theatre, and Christopher Eccleston played Scrooge in The Old Vic's A Christmas Carol. This week, former Doctor Who Peter Davison will star in Kiss Me, Kate at the Barbican Theatre; and later in the year, David Tennant stars in Macbeth with Cush Jumbo, at the Harold Pinter Theatre from 1 October to 14 December 2024; and current Doctor Who Ncuti Gatwa will star as Algernon Moncrieff in the National Theatre's revival of The Importance of Being Earnest from 20 November 2024 to 25 January 2025. Tickets for The Duchess The Duchess is playing at the Trafalgar Theatre for 11 weeks only from 5 October to 20 December 2024. Book tickets to The Duchess at the Trafalgar Theatre in London

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