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Women are sold, betrayed, raped and insulted but still come out, and come off, on top. You don't have to dress this rarely seen lust-fest in modern garb to make its feminist points, but Marianne Elliott's magnificent and disturbing National Theatre revival does benefit from updating the Italian Renaissance to a period mishmash of New Look couture, dead cool jazz and punk primitivism.

There's no chance, for instance, of the obscene courtship of a prospective fiancée (who's already sleeping with her uncle) by a cockerel-coiffed, stupidly rich booby, being mistaken for a jolly Jacobean jape.

Finally, the FBI advises not to send money through any wire transfer service to someone you met online.

If you believe you are the victim of an online dating scam or any Internet facilitated crime, please file a report at

Even a great Glasgow Citizens production 15 years ago fudged this last act, and though Elliott retains most of it, she cuts the ceremonial parody of Hymen, Ganymede and Juno, and the arrow-firing Cupids (replaced by black-winged Myrmidons), and uses an accelerating revolve to convey the carnage.