The Doctor Who and Broadchurch actress will return to the stage for the first time in more than a decade in the West End run. 

Jodie Whittaker will take on the iconic role in The Duchess at the Trafalgar Theatre in London

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Jodie has said it is a ‘true honour’ to be able to portray the Duchess’ tragic story on stage.

The powerful adaptation of John Webster’s classic The Duchess of Malfi opens for an 11-week season at the Trafalgar Theatre from 5th October until 20th December. 

Jodie Whittaker said: “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.”

About The Duchess 

Recently widowed and in search for a new lease of life, the Duchess (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?

Directed and adapted by award-winning Zinnie Harris (Macbeth (an undoing), the adaptation explores the depths of the patriarchy against female resistance.

About Jodie Whittaker

Making TV history as the first woman to play the iconic title role, Jodie Whittaker starred as the ‘Doctor’ in the BBC’s Doctor Who for three seasons. Last year she starred in Jimmy McGovern’s second series of Time for the BBC, which aired to rave reviews.

Her previous television credits include ITV’s critically acclaimed crime drama Broadchurch, opposite Olivia Colman and David Tennant, Black Mirror’s infamous episode The Entire History of You and the Sky One drama The Smoke.

Macbeth (an undoing), The Scent of Roses, Christmas Tales and This Restless House are among her theatre credits. 

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