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Damned by Despair archiveObsessed with his own salvation, the hermit Paulo dedicates himself to ten years of prayerful penance. When his faith wavers, the ever-watchful Devil seizes the moment to convince him that he shares the fate of one Enrico, a notorious Neapolitan gangster destined for damnation. Swearing vengeance, Paulo lashes out against God and assembles a band of rival outlaws. "I'll match Enrico in mad badness. So, we're damned, both of us, are we? Then I'll be revenged on the whole world." And yet, even as their villainous crimes escalate, the possibility of redemption hovers over the two men, perhaps within reach. This fast-paced adventure story embraces bandits and beautiful women between glimpses of heaven and hell. The subversive and at times riotous exploration of faith and the transformative power of love races across the Italian landscape, relishing the unpredictability of fate, an extraordinary array of characters and their very real dilemmas.

Author Tirso de Molina. Adapted by Frank McGuinness.

Archive listings for Damned by Despair

Work type: Play.


Producer National Theatre. Director Bijan Sheibani. Design Giles Cadle. Costume Moritz Junge. Lighting Jon Clark. Design Finn Ross (video). Music Dan Jones. Sound Dan Jones. Director Aline David (movement). Director Kate Waters (fight). Performer Sebastian Armesto (Paulo). Performer Bertie Carvel (Enrico). Performer Rory Keenan. Performer Amanda Lawrence. Performer Marianne Adams. Performer Nick Blakeley. Performer Jonathan Broadbent. Performer Lorna Brown. Performer Ashley Chin. Performer John Cormack. Performer Michael Gould. Performer Jonathan Jaynes. Performer Tunji Lucas. Performer Brian Martin. Performer Okezie Morro. Performer Pierce Reid. Performer Dwane Walcott. Performer Alex Warren. Performer Simon Yadoo.
2 Oct 12 to 17 Dec 12Olivier (National Theatre), West End :: V373
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