Kit Harington to star in Doctor Faustus in the West End

'Game of Thrones' actor Kit Harington will star in a new production of Doctor Faustus, by Christopher Marlowe, in a version by Colin Teevan, at the Duke of York's Theatre in London's West End from 9 April to 4 June 2016.

Doctor Faustus was first performed around 1594 and has gone on to be one of the most popular Elizabethan dramas outside of Shakespeare's canon.

Based on the Faust legend, it concerns a well respected German scholar Doctor Faustus who is dissatisfied with the limits of human knowledge. Faustus makes a pact with the Devil, selling his soul in return for the ability to perform anything he pleases with the power of black magic. This fatal decision catapults him into an intoxicating world of celebrity, as he becomes a world-renowned conjuror, international heartthrob and friend of the rich, famous and powerful. But what is the cost of his insatiable thirst for wealth and fame?

The production will be directed by Jamie Lloyd as part of his relationship with the Ambassadors Theatre Group. Set design is by Soutra Gilmour, with lighting by Jon Clark and sound by Ben and Max Ringham. Kit Harington will play the title role of Faustus, with further casting to be announced.

Kit Harington was named after Christopher Marlowe, and his first name was shortened to Kit. His stage roles have included 'War Horse' at the National Theatre, 'Posh' at the Royal Court and 'The Vote' at the Donmar Warehouse. He became a household name after creating the role of Jon Snow in the popular TV series 'Game of Thrones'.

Press previews are set for 21, 22 and 23 April at 7.30pm and a Gala Night will be held on 25 April.

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