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2011 Season - Shakespeare's Globe Doctor Faustus DVD


The Globe 2011 production of Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus.


Doctor Faustus is Christopher Marlowe's most renowned and controversial work. Famous for being the first dramatised version of the Faustus tale, the play depicts the sinister aftermath of Faustus's decision to sell his soul to the Devil's henchman in exchange for power and knowledge. In the first-ever staging of this menacing drama at the Globe Theatre, Matthew Dunster's production features Paul Hilton as the arrogant, power-hungry Faustus and Arthur Darvill as the sardonic Mephistopheles, and includes several impressive magical stunts along the way.

Filmed in high Definition and true surround sound. Spoken in Marlowe's English with English and German subtitles. Plays in all regions.


Director: Matthew Dunster

Designer: Paul Wills

Composer: Jules Maxwell

Choreographer: Georgina Lamb

Fight Director: Kate Waters


Directed for the screen by: Ian Russell

DVD Producer: James Whitbourn

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Steve Howe, Essex StarStarStarStarStar
Yes, that was the chap from Doctor Who. The biggest compliment I can pay him is that after ten minutes of seeing him as Mephistofeles, I stopped thinking of him as Rory. A subtle and restrained performance, hinting at the character's inner torment without going over the top. Paul Hilton as Faustus is excellent, too. The question of how much (or little) one sympathisesd with Faust is up to each viewer. This production doesn't come down too heavily one one side or the other. Some good but crude slapstick humour; but I was a bit lost during the Pope/Antipope scenes. A very busy productio - a LOT of props; and some clever stage tricks. A first class intorduction to the other Elizabethan playwright.
William Schmidt, Greater Detroit Area of Michigan StarStarStarStar EmptyStar Empty
"Dr Faustus" was a very entertaining performance, I would recommended it to those interested in Shakespeare's rivals and contemporaries. However the presentation lacked the deep sense of tragedy of a scholar choosing to damn his soul to become a trickster and conjurer. I was not sure if it was a farce, a comedy,or a melodrama, only the end suggested, somewhat, the tragic nature of Fautus's choice's.