The Revenger’s Tragedy

The Revenger’s Tragedy

“Fluidity and ferocious grace”

La Repubblica

Written by Thomas Middleton
Performed in Italian with surtitles
Running time 1 hour 50 minutes, no interval

For their first Italian-language production, Cheek by Jowl’s co-Artistic Directors Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod stage Middleton’s The Revenger’s Tragedy with the Piccolo Teatro Milano.

A Piccolo Teatro di Milano – Teatro d’Europa | ERT – Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione co-production in association with Cheek by Jowl.


29–30 June 2019Saint Petersburg, Theatre Olympics, Russia Tickets
22-28 February 2020Milan, Piccolo Teatro, ItalyTickets
Cast and creative team


Ivan AlovisioLussurioso
Alessandro BandiniJunior
Marco BrinziJudge
Fausto CabraVindice
Martin Ilunga ChishimbaJailer
Christian Di FilippoSupervacuo
Raffaele EspositoIppolito
Ruggero FranceschiniBishop
Pia LanciottiThe Duchess/Graziana
Errico LiguoriSpurio
Marta MalvestitiCastizia
David MedenAmbizioso
Massimiliano SpezianiThe Duke
Beatrice VecchioneDoctor

Creative Team

DirectorDeclan Donnellan
DesignerNick Ormerod
Italian versionStefano Massini
LightingJudith Greenwood, Claudio De Pace
MusicGianluca Misiti
Assistant DirectorFrancesco Bianchi
MovementAlessio Maria Romano
Previous performances

Previous Performances

7–8 February 2019Pordenone, Teatro Verdi, Italy
22 January–2 February 2019Rome, Teatro Argentina (Teatro di Roma), Italy
17–20 January 2019 Modena, ERT Teatro Storchi, Italy
10–13 January 2019Bologna, ERT Arena del Sole, Italy
12–16 December 2018Florence, Teatro della Pergola, Italy
4–6 December 2018Pavia, Teatro Fraschini, Italy
29–30 November 2018Lugano, Lugano LAC, Switzerland
20–25 November 2018Turin, Teatro Stabile, Italy
10 October –16 November 2018Milan, Piccolo Teatro, Italy



“The Piccolo has achieved an outstanding result, and one at an international level. Donnellan is a magical director and a master of movement and action. The actors embody the absolute fusion of mind and body, full of life and giving life.”


“Donnellan embraces the language of Theatre in its entirety, a theatre which transcends speech and becomes breath and movement.”

Due Righe

“Donnellan’s powerful production allows the shadows of Strehler and Ronconi to vanish from the Piccolo.”

Corriere della Sera

“Delivered with fluidity and ferocious grace’, ‘a clear vision playing with contrasts, highlighting the dark opulence of his multi-personality imagination’, ‘Donnellan knows how to read the classics in the spirit of the times while never constraining them”

La Repubblica

“Dextrous interweaving of satire and tragedy’, ‘Magnificent direction with exceptional design, lighting, costumes and actors”

Il Giornale

“Declan Donnellan reveals this lavish, decadent, perverse world in a frenetic astonishing dance.”

La Lettura/Corriere della Sera

“Donnellan recognises the eternity of feelings and desires, and imbues his actors with extraordinary freedom.”

Cult Week

“Donnellan has created a production of unusual lightness, a ferocious comedy always surging forward. The Revenger’s tragedy, for all its imagery and elegance, is destined to mature in the imagination and return to haunt us with its elegance, refinement and thoughtfulness.”


“A brilliant production, Donnellan knows how to play Middleton’s wit in a contemporary key, fresh and with veiled references to our society.”

Milano Free

“Donnellan magnificently conveys 17th Century English theatre to a contemporary audience”

Milano Teatri

“A breath of fresh air for Milanese theatre.”

“The Revenger’s tragedy is astounding. Go and see it, because in the midst of the cutting irony, you will touch on limits of vice and perversity which only the human race is capable of crossing. Now and as it was then, century after century.”
Photograph: Masiar Pasquali © Piccolo Teatro di Milano – Teatro d’Europa
Production photo
Photograph: Masiar Pasquali © Piccolo Teatro di Milano – Teatro d’Europa
Production photo
Photograph: Masiar Pasquali © Piccolo Teatro di Milano – Teatro d’Europa

“Dextrous interweaving of satire and tragedy”

Il Giornale

Surely we’re all mad people, and they
Whom we think are, are not – we mistake those:
‘Tis we are mad in sense, they but in clothes.

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