Marianne Elliott directs Thomas Middleton's play.
Harriet Walter returns to the National to play Livia; the cast also includes Samuel Barnett, Sioned Jones, Vanessa Kirby, Harry Melling, Lauren OâNeil, Tilly Tremayne and Andrew Woodall.
In the Italian court, where wealth secures power and power serves lust, the lascivious Duke can play wherever he chooses. He catches the eye of anotherâs exquisite bride, Bianca. Can a glance secure her fate, a bribe appease her husband?
Isabellaâs father would marry her off to a rich young idiot, while Hippolito has won her trust and desires her truly. But heâs her uncle. These are her choices. If twice-widowed Livia conspires against her sex to gain a little clout, sheâs only fighting to survive.