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Women Beware Women

Synopsis

A Woman. A Wife: Married in secret and locked away from other eyes by her new husband.

Another Woman. Another Wife. A Daughter: Pressed into marriage and duped into her uncle’s bed.

A third Woman. A Widow. An Aunt. A Sister: Knows how to operate in a man’s world.

How do you navigate a society in which women are consciously and unconsciously commodified, coerced and controlled?

Thomas Middleton is often thought to have collaborated with Shakespeare on some of his later works, but as a prolific playwright in his own right, he was no stranger to writing bespoke plays for the private indoor theatres. Women Beware Women is his enduringly relevant exploration of gender power dynamics that uncovers the savage underbelly of desire, lust and ambition through the prism of the flamboyant Florentine court.

Oh, the deadly snares

That women set for women,

without pity

Either to soul or honour!

— Act V, scene 2

 

Event details

Fri 17 Apr 2020, 7:30pm

Captioned by Stagetext

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Venue details

Shakespeare's Globe (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse)
21 New Globe Walk
Bankside
London
SE1 9DT

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