Written by: Thomas Middleton and William Rowley
Produced by: The Royal Shakespeare Company
Production year: 2005
Other cast: Evelyn Duah
Misc: People’s Theatre, Newcastle
Eugenia is a frustrated woman. Even atom of her body aches to be free of her aged husband, to throw herself, with his money, into the gay life of youth that is hers by right of her birthdate. He, however, is destined to die soon, on a set date, the date that he turns four-score years of age, for that is the decree of an absolute monarch, Duke Evander of Epire. Women get only three score, and those of no further use can be bumped off even earlier, should their relatives so request.