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Gemma Arterton as Duchess of Malfi (To be reviewed 9th March)

The Duchess of Malfi will be broadcast in the UK on 9th March.
We will review it and publish it here.

Pics, and text and video about Gemma Arterton and Duchess of Malfi:

Gemma Amerton will be starring as Duchess of Malfi in the Globe’s Onscreen Broadcast of The Duchess of Malfi on 26th February for most cinemas in the U.S., and on 9th March here in the U.K.

For those of you who don’t know Gemma, or for those who just want to know a little more,  here’s a little history of her acting career with some pictures.

Gemma as Rosaline at the Globe, Love's Labour's Lost Photo: John Haynes

Gemma as Rosaline at the Globe, Love’s Labour’s Lost
Photo: John Haynes

She graduated from RADA in 2007 and within months of graduation she was making her mark on stage and television, starring as Rosaline in Love’s  Labour’s Lost at Shakespeare’s Globe.

Shortly afterwards, she was playing opposite Maggie Smith and David Walliams in Stephen Poliakoff’s BBC drama Capturing Mary.

“On my first-ever day, in front of 50 actors, I had to do this monologue and I was petrified. My legs were shaking under my dress. It broke me in very quickly.”

Elizabeth Bennett in the BBC’s comic fantasy Lost in Austen followed in 2008  and the title role in the BBC’s acclaimed adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s classic novel, Tess of the D’Urbervilles, opposite Eddie Redmayne and Hans Matheson; finally, she played a subtly comic turn as Agent Strawberry Fields, opposite Daniel Craig’s  James Bond in the international blockbuster, Quantum of Solace.

Gemma Arterton in Tmara Drewe

Gemma Arterton in Tmara Drewe

After a few more Hollywood blockbusters, Gemma returned to the West End in Ibsen’s The Master Builder in 2010.

In 2011 Arterton was nominated twice by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts for her performances in Tamara Drewe, based on a Posy Simmonds graphic novel, and The Disappearance of Alice Creed.


In January 2014 Arterton took the title role in John Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi, the inaugural production at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, the new indoor theatre at Shakespeare’s Globe. She beautifully captures the multi-faceted quality of the Duchess – from the teasing playfulness with which she woos the socially inferior Antonio (the attractively

The Duchess with the Cardinal Photo Mark Douet

The Duchess with the Cardinal
Photo Mark Douet

trusting Alex Waldmann) to the calm aristocratic fortitude with which she meets death, but not before the poignant motherly request that her little boy be given “some syrup for his cold”. David Dawson is electrifying as her twin brother

Ferdinand – lanky, with a warped elfin face and positively juddering with repressed incestuous passion as he pruriently imagines his sister in the act of sin with “some strong-thied bargeman”.


We plan to catch Gemma in the Globe Onscreen broadcast of The Duchess of Malfi, at the candlelit Sam Wanamaker Theatre. This will be the first broadcast from that new theatre, based on an indoor Elizabethan theatre design. It  will be broadcast, we believe, in the USA on 26th February, and on 9th March in the UK.

In the meantime, you can see a clip of Gemma talking about the Duchess of Malfi, with an extract from the show by following this link – Gemma and The Duchess of Malfi

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