'After the success of In Lambeth, we wanted to do something completely different. We spent three or four months reading plays, and then we found this. It's an extraordinary play, and it hasn't been seen in London for over 90 years. Everybody thinks of these Jacobean/Carolinian plays as terribly bloody tragedies, with clear villians going around revenging themselves on all and sundry. This is different. It's much more psychologically acute. It's about people pushed into terrible circumstances, trying to pursue an honourable course in a world where they end up having to do dreadful things. Ford expresses their emotions so truthfully. It's a tragedy of good people.'
Halfway through Triptych's plans, they discovered that the RSC were also reviving it. 'We had to drop everything and move the dates back. What chance would we have had if we'd opened after them?'
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