“He that loves pleasure must for pleasure fall.“
Faustus is a respected but frustrated scholar. He dreams of knowledge beyond the realm of men – of all things that move beyond the quiet poles, the mysteries of the universe, the secrets of kings; a knowledge that will lead to great power and eternize his legacy.
This unquenchable desire for fame drives him to master the metaphysics of magicians and he summons the demon Mephastophilis. Despite his own doubts and Mephastophilis’ warnings, the fated doctor demands he strike a deal with Lucifer – Faustus’ soul for twenty-four years of omnipotence.
Drunk with his new powers he travels the world gaining un-matched notoriety the cost of which is infinitely high as the damned hour approaches.
For our 2018 full touring production we transpose this renaissance classic to our times. Music and song is interweaved with rousing performances from a trinity of actors in this unique version of Christopher Marlowe’s renowned tale.
Doctor Faustus is supported by Arts Council England, the Foyle Foundation, the D’Oyly Carte Foundation, and the Royal Victoria Hall Foundation