The Revenger's Tragedy (La tragedia del vendicatore)

Cheek by Jowl/Piccolo Teatro di Milano

Ten people stand in various poses in front of a red wall which spells out 'vendetta'

Intrigue, corruption, lust and the thirst for power collide in Cheek by Jowl’s first Italian show – a ‘lavish, decadent, perverse world’ (Corriere della Sera, Milan).

Seeking retribution for the murder of his fiancée by the Duke, Vindice is drawn into a terrible helter-skelter of punishment that throws his very identity into crisis. Written by Thomas Middleton (Shakespeare’s contemporary) at a time of growing social unease, the play confronts us with a government embroiled in shady affairs and a society obsessed with money, social status and fame.

Created by director Declan Donnellan and designer Nick Ormerod for Milan’s renowned Piccolo Teatro, The Revenger’s Tragedy is transformed into a macabre dance of death and performed by a charismatic ensemble of Italian actors.

1 hour 50 mins, no interval
Age guidance 16+ (sexual content and strong violence. More Information)

Performed in Italian with English surtitles

Pre-show talk for members, Fri 6 Mar
6pm, Fountain Room

Weekend Lab, Sat 7 – Sun 8 Mar

Presented by the Barbican. 

Cheek by Jowl and Piccolo Teatro di Milano – Teatro d’Europa.

In a co-production with Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione

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‘Fluidity and ferocious grace‘
La Repubblica (Italy)
‘Dextrous interweaving of satire and tragedy‘
Il Giornale (Italy)

Watch the trailer

photo of a man screaming into the camera

Watch: The Revenger's Tragedy trailer

Watch the trailer for The Revenger's Tragedy, a story of intrigue, corruption, lust and thirst for power.


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