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
Doctor Faustus RSC
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?
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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.