It’s 1640, and England trembles on the brink of civil war. Elizabeth, the lady of the manor, worries for her house and her family’s legacy. So, she enlists the help of servant girl Agnes, a young woman around whom accusations of witchcraft hover. Then the devil appears. The latest from Lulu Raczka, whose plays include a fine version of Antigone, Nothing and Some People Talk About Violence for Barrel Organ, sounds like lots of fun as it considers power structures. It is described as being “a middle finger to middle Britain.” Always a good thing. Rupert Goold directs.
"This may be the biggest But it is far from the first sacrifice I’ve made for this house And I’m sure it won’t be the last But don’t fret. I’m ready." England, 1640. A war is brewing. Rumours are flying. A household is in crisis. …and the Devil’s having some fun. For Lady Elizabeth nothing is more important than protecting her family’s legacy and their ancestral home. When that comes under threat, she elicits the help of Agnes, a young servant suspected of witchcraft. But Agnes doesn’t want to be a witch, she wants to be a Lady, and no one will get in her way. Almeida Artistic Director Rupert Goold ('Spring Awakening', 'Ink') directs this deadly new play of treachery and trickery by The Sunday Times Playwriting Award-winner Lulu Raczka ('Antigone', 'Nothing').