Doctor Faustus RSC

Doctor Faustus RSC Tickets

West End

In this remarkable year, celebrating 400 years of the genius of Shakespeare, we bring four diverse Royal Shakespeare Company plays to the Barbican - direct from Stratford-upon-Avon.

Transferring to London following its successful run at the Royal Shakespeare Company’s home in Stratford-upon-Avon, Maria Aberg’s punchy production updates Marlowe for our times with ritual, cabaret and carnival. Bristling ‘with originality and vision’ (Stage), it sees Sandy Grierson and Oliver Ryan share the roles of the doctor and the demon. Who will play Faustus when you see it?


Book your Doctor Faustus RSC tickets, playing at The Barbican Centre today.

Doctor Faustus RSC Synopsis: 

Two actors enter. Each lights a match and watches it burn. Whoever’s goes out first ‘loses’ and must play the fated doctor, while the other plays the demon Mephistophilis, in this notorious tale of vanity, greed and damnation.

Faustus is a solitary scholar who has exhausted the confines of human knowledge. Frustrated with the futility of religion, law and science, he is desperate for a deeper understanding of the universe – and the fame it will bring. Risking everything, he conjures Mephistophilis and asks him to strike a deal with Lucifer. Twenty-four years of absolute knowledge in exchange for his soul.

Christopher Marlowe
Royal Shakespeare Company
Maria Aberg
Doctor Faustus RSC Schedule
Opening date: 
Tuesday, 13 September, 2016
Available from: 
Thursday, 29 September, 2016
Booking to: 
Saturday, 1 October, 2016
Saturday, 1 October, 2016
Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS
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Latest Doctor Faustus RSC News & Features

Monday, August 15, 2016
Top London Theatre Drama this September

With summer now firmly upon us and many theatrical eyes looking north to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to provide top drama, September brings with it not only its usual back-to-school vibe but also a whole host of exciting new plays to London's West End and beyond. Whilst musicals have been the focus of much of 2016, London is gearing up to welcome a number of excellent plays that are bound to suit a wide variety of tastes.

Our Review

To see one misfiring Doctor Faustus in a year is a misfortune; to see a second production failing and flailing starts to look like carelessness. The one thing you can say for Maria Aberg's take on the play for the RSC is that it is at least offers a more coherently thought-through vision of the play than the West End version by director Jamie Lloyd that starred Kit Harington at the Duke of... Read more

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