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By Thomas Middleton & William Rowley

Played Sep / Oct 2023

DeFlores will do anything for Beatrice Joanna… literally anything.

Beatrice Joanna has fallen in love with Alsemero, but she is betrothed to Alonzo, a man she does not like, let alone love. Employing her Mother’s servant, Deflores (by whom she is repulsed) she disposes of Alonzo, but when it comes to payment Deflores doesn’t want money. 

Their decent into hellish madness haunted by ghosts and lunatics, propelled by obsession and sex, leads to one of the bloodiest, ferocious, and downright bonkers climaxes of the English stage.

Regarded as one of the greatest masterpieces of Jacobean drama Middleton and Rowley’s extraordinary play of jealousy, lust, and murder hits Southwark Playhouse in this theatrical, daring and full throttle ensemble production. 

Jamie O'Neill and Colette O'Rourke in The Changeling. Production photograhy by Charles Fli

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Photographs by Charles Flint

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Alsemero – Mylo McDonald
Beatrice Joanna – Colette O’Rourke
DeFlores – Jamie O’Neill
Diaphanta – Henrietta Rhodes
The Patients – Hamish Somers
The Patients– Kiera Murray

The Patients – Mikko Juan
Jasperino – Dane Williams
Alonzo de Piracquo – Alex Bird
Tomazo de Piracquo – Olsen Elezi
Vermandera – Emma Wilkinson Wright

All other roles played by the company

Creative Team

Written by Thomas Middleton & William Rowley
Adapted & Directed by Ricky Dukes
Design by Sorcha Corcoran 
Lighting Design by Stuart Glover
Sound Design by Sam Glossop

Costume Design by Alice Neale

Songs by Bobby Locke

Creative Assistant - Alice Carrol

Assistant Director - Edoardo Berto

Stage Manager – Verena Prandstaetter

Assistant Stage Manager - Lydia Morgan

Dramaturgical Consultant - Sarah Dustagheer
Art work, Rehearsal & Production Photography by Charles Flint
Company Photographer - Adam Trigg
Producer for LTC - Gavin Harrington-Odedra
PR - Choe Nelkin Consulting

Post Show Event

Join us on Wednesday 11th October when host Terri Paddock will be joined by a panel of experts (tba) discussing The Changeling, its representation and place in contemporary theatre in our free post show Q&A.


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William Rowley

William Rowley was born around 1585. His first recorded acting is in 1607, the same year his first two plays - Fortune by Land and Sea with Thomas Heywood and The Travels of the Three English Brothers with John Day and George Wilkins - were produced. From 1609 to 1621 he was a member of the Duke of York's Men (later Prince Charles's Men), usually taking the part of the clown.

He began collaborating with Thomas Middleton on several important plays in 1617, writing the subplot of A Fair Quarrel; two years later he played the clown in Middleton's The Inner Temple Masque. That same year - 1619 - he wrote his only extant play without collaboration, All's Lost by Lust, a tragic melodrama which establishes the same tone as The Witch of Edmonton, a play he cowrote with Thomas Dekker and Thomas Middleton.

In 1622 he again returned to comedy, but this time tinged with madness when writing the subplot of The Changeling, once more in collaboration with Middleton. In 1623 he joined the King's Men, offending the Spanish ambassador while playing the part of the fat bishop in Middleton's A Game at Chess (1624) and probably collaborating once more with Middleton on The Spanish Gipsy. In 1625 he worked with John Webster on the comedy A Cure for a Cuckold with the well known clown Compass and wrote his own city comedy A Woman Never Vexed.

Rowley died in February 1626; only 16 plays have survived of more than 50 on which he worked during his lifetime.

Courtesy of Bloomsbury Publishing

Thomas Middleton

British Renaissance playwright Thomas Middleton wrote comedy, history, tragedy, and tragicomedy. After Middleton’s father died in 1586, his mother, Anne, married a man who had lost money in Sir Walter Raleigh’s Roanoke venture. Thomas Middleton started writing as a student at Queens College, Oxford. He and his wife, Magdalene Marbecke, sister of the actor Thomas Marbecke, settled in Southwark in 1608, and Middleton was appointed city chronologer in 1620.


Middleton wrote plays for various theater companies, among them Prince Henry’s Men, Paul’s Boys, King’s Men, and Blackfriars. Some of his plays were cowritten with other playwrights, including Thomas Dekker, William Rowley, and John Webster; he collaborated with William Shakespeare on Timon of Athens. In addition to plays, Middleton wrote pamphlets and political commentary. One of his first pamphlets, The Penniless Parliament of Threadbare Poets, was published in 1601; he also published a mock almanac, The Owl’s Almanac (1618).

Middleton’s earliest recorded play, The Phoenix, was presented at court in 1603. His other titles, some in collaboration, include The Meeting of Gallants at an Ordinary (1603), which depicted the effects of the 1603 plague; The Honest Whore (1604); A Trick to Catch the Old One (1605); The Roaring Girl, or Moll Cutpurse (1611); and A Chaste Maid in Cheapside (1613)—which had 11 female characters. His most famous play of the time was A Game of Chess (1624), an allegory of 1620s English history presented at the Globe Theatre in 1624. It ran for nine days and was closed after the ambassador of Spain complained about it. It appears that Middleton stopped writing plays after A Game of Chess.

Courtesy of Poetry Foundation

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