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Doctor Faustus

Part of Ambitious Fiends

  • 2018/Winter/DoctorFaustus

Reviews

The Guardian
★★★★
‘A hell of a lot of fun’

Time Out
★★★★
'Full of wit and magic […] thoroughly hilarious’

Morning Star
★★★★
‘A stimulating amalgam of light and shade, comedy and tragedy’

The Telegraph
‘Devilishly bold and brilliant casting’

Evening Standard
‘Intriguingly blurs conventional ideas of good and evil’

Financial Times
'[Makes] fabulous use of candles to evoke the fires of hell'

 

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Writer
Christopher Marlowe

The Company:

Sarah Amankwah
Valdes/Martino

Lily Bevan
Horse-Courser

Rachel Bown-Williams and Ruth Cooper-Brown of Rc-Annie Ltd
Fight Directors

Jackie Guy
Associate Choreographer

Phil Hopkins
Musician

Jocelyn Jee Esien
Doctor Faustus

Grace Joseph
Assistant Director

John Leader
Robin/Cornelius

Louis Maskell
Benvolio/Dick

Pauline McLynn
Mephistopheles

Paradigmz
Choreographer

Paulette Randall
Director

Joseph Roberts
Composer/ Musician

Mandi Symonds
Wagner

Lucie Sword
Evil Angel

Rob Updegraff
Musician

Jay Villiers
Lucifer/Pope

Libby Watson
Designer

Adrian Woodward
Musician

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O, Faustus, they are come
to fetch away thy soul!

Synopsis


Doctor Faustus sits in her Wittenberg study, restless for knowledge and frustrated with the limitations of conventional scholarship. Coveting fame and power, she conjures the menacing demon, Mephistopheles, who offers Faustus a deal: in exchange for twenty-four years of supreme power and service from the demon, Faustus must sacrifice her immortal soul to a fiery Hell.

The Devil’s deal is signed in blood and Faustus’ powers elevate her to unrivalled notoriety as she travels the world performing wonders. Yet as time ticks on and Faustus’ final hour of reckoning approaches, the true cost of her bargain becomes an all too certain reality.

Background


As cautionary now as when it was written, Marlowe’s poetic masterwork explores the very nature of human curiosity and our unparalleled thirst for knowledge. It also begs the question: what are we prepared to sacrifice in the pursuit of power?

Ambitious Fiends


In our first festival of the season, we will explore early modern and modern responses to the themes of power and corruption.

Ambitious Fiends runs November 2018 – February 2019 and includes MacbethDoctor FaustusDark Night of the Soul and Ralegh: The Treason Trial