Doctor Faustus

Doctor Faustus

4 (3) · Classic Drama

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


Doctor Faustus sits in his Wittenberg study, restless for knowledge and frustrated with the limitations of conventional scholarship. Coveting fame and power, he 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 his immortal soul to a fiery Hell.

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

Critic reviews

Not a hellish production for a single millisecond, just never really reaching the lofty climes of heavenly


Devilishly bold and brilliant casting, but where are the spine-tingling shivers

The Telegraph

Despite the fabulous use of candles to evoke the fires of hell, the finale feels underwhelming, undermining an otherwise rich and illuminating production

Financial Times

Jocelyn Jee Esien and Pauline McLynn are on glorious form and bring out the glee in Marlowe’s macabre classic

The Guardian

Paulette Randall’s production of Marlowe’s play brings out all its wicked humour


This gender-switched take on Marlowe's classic is full of wit and magic

Time Out

Date & time

Show ended
Sat 1 Dec - Sat 2 Feb, 2pm & 7.30pm


21 New Globe Walk, Bankside SE1 9DT London, UK · Get Directions
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