Award-winning actress Hattie Morahan is set to take the role of Beatrice-Joanna in Dominic Dromgoole’s forthcoming production of The Changeling, at Shakespeare’s Globe opening January 20.
This complex, wayward anti-heroine – “this woman dipp’d in blood and talk of modesty” – is the axis around which Middleton and Rowley’s gleefully gruesome tragedy spins.
Betrothed to Alonzo but in love with Alsemero, Beatrice-Joanna enters a bloody pact with De Flores, who agrees to murder her fiancé – but then demands her virginity in recompense.
When Alsemero begins to question his beloved’s chastity, she concocts a byzantine scheme to avoid detection that ultimately undoes her.
Hattie won Best Actress at the Evening Standard Awards and the Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards in 2012 for her performance as Nora in Carrie Cracknell’s production of Ibsen’s The Doll’s House at the Young Vic.
She has worked extensively at the National Theatre, notably in the title role in Iphigenia at Aulis, as Kay Conway in Rupert Goold’s Time and the Conways and as Nina in Katie Mitchell’s The Seagull.
Her other recent theatre credits include The Real Thing (Old Vic), The Family Reunion (Donmar Warehouse) and Plenty (Sheffield Crucible).
Her television credits include a critically-acclaimed turn as Elinor Dashwood in the BBC’s three-part adaptation of Sense and Sensibility, Lark Rise to Candleford, Outnumbered and Eternal Law.
The Changeling runs at The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse in the grounds of The Globe from January 15–March 1.