The Cardinal: Elder Brother to The Duchess of Malfi and Ferdinand
To exercise power, preferably through intimidation. The feeling of dominance arising from my intellectual superiority and my prowess at tennis, single combat etc. To seduce noblemen's wives - because it is forbidden by my vows and belittles the cuckolds - any physical pleasure (given or received) is incidental. Favourite book - "Il Principe" by Niccolo Machiavelli. - "It is better to be feared than loved." A plan that comes together.
HATES (THE CARDINAL DOES NOT USE WISHY-WASHY EMOTIONS LIKE 'DISLIKE':
Boredom. Piety. People – pretty all-encompassing, but I can’t think of an exception. Any answer beginning with the word "No". Any slight (true, false or imagined) against the family name
ABOUT THE CARDINAL:
"I am the pre-eminent churchman of my time, although the underhand and illegal activities of my enemies robbed me of the office of Pope at the last papal elections. I have the royal blood of Aragon and Castile in my veins and it is my life’s work to uphold the dignity and glory of that heritage by any means. Everything I do is in the furtherance of my family honour and therefore I acknowledge nothing as a virtue if it does not further this end, nor anything as a vice if it does."
FAVOURITE CARDINAL QUOTE:
"How tedious is a guilty conscience!"
Book your tickets for the Duchess of Malfi at the Theatre Royal Studio. And stay tuned for more character updates!
The Duchess of Malfi is on 6 March- 16 March at 7:45pm.
There's a Saturday matinee on 16 March at 2:00pm.