The Revenger’s Tragedy will close our Sweet Vengeance season from Friday 28 October to Saturday 12 November and we’ve compiled our biggest cast of the year for this deliciously dark black comedy.
Leading the company as the vengeful hero Vindice is Alexander Campbell, who has previously appeared in Maigret; One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (Curve Theatre); Casualty and Serpent’s Tooth (Almeida Theatre).
Mary Jo Randle (Wolf Hall; The Bill; Heartbeat) will play his mother Gratiana. Nathan Clarke (East is East at Trafalgar Studios/West End and Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince) will play Vindice’s brother Hippolito and Isabel Adams (a member of the Television Workshop and in her final year at Bluecoat Academy Sixth Form) will make her professional debut playing his sister Castiza.
The lecherous and powerful Duke will be played by Paul Brightwell, who has appeared in many films and TV series such as Sleepy Hollow, Titanic, DCI Banks and Bad Girls. Playing his second wife The Duchess is Tabitha Wady (Berkeley Square and Sense and Sensibility, BBC).
Declan Perring (The Shawshank Redemption, Bill Kenwright Ltd); takes on the role of Lussurioso, who is the Duke’s heir and son by his first wife. Spurio, the Duke’s illegitimate son will be played by Navinder Bhatti (King Lear at the National Theatre and Midsomer Murders).
Completing the family tree are the Duchess’ children by her first husband. Ambitiosa will be played by Bethan Mary-James (Future For Beginners at Wales Millennium Centre and Cuffs, BBC). Michael Keane, who was last seen at Nottingham Playhouse in the Ramps on the Moon touring production of The Government Inspector, will play Supervacuo.
Fresh from roles in our production of Darkness, Darkness, Martin Miller (Danny The Champion Of The World at Bolton Octagon) and John Askew (The Importance Of Being Earnest at St James Theatre) will return for The Revenger’s Tragedy. Martin is honest man Antonio and John will play Dondolo and various other characters during the play.
About the Play
The Revenger’s Tragedy takes us behind the scenes in a world of glamour, riches and celebrity. Entering this lawless realm, Vindice thirsts for justice and plans a dazzling revenge for the murder of his sweetheart.
Fast-paced and irreverent, this cutting-edge black comedy is the Tarantino version of Hamlet and a timeless tale of trying to be good in a very bad world.
Our 1970s inspired production features a bold soundtrack of glam-rock, disco and punk favourites, including Twentieth Century Boy (T.Rex) and Teenage Kicks (The Undertones). Check out our playlist for a taste of the music you’ll be able to spot throughout the play.
Pre-Show Talk by Peter Kirwan
Associate Professor in Early Modern Drama at the University of Nottingham
Monday 31 October at 6:30pm
Pre-Show Talk with director Fiona Buffini
Thursday 3 and Thursday 10 November at 6pm