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.
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
Despite the fabulous use of candles to evoke the fires of hell, the finale feels underwhelming, undermining an otherwise rich and illuminating production
Jocelyn Jee Esien and Pauline McLynn are on glorious form and bring out the glee in Marlowe’s macabre classic
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