Act 1 64 min
Act 2 83 min
A terrifying exploration of the human and the divine
by Christopher Marlowe
Doctor Faustus, restless for knowledge, forsakes scholarship for magic and makes a pact with the Devil: if the tortured spirit Mephistopheles will serve him for 24 years, Faustus will yield his soul to the Devil after death.
Transformed into an arena of wild spectacle and dark illusion, the Globe becomes the scene for an epic battle between Lucifer and the angels for one man’s soul. Larger than life puppets, huge flying dragons and horned stilt walkers bring Marlowe’s fantastical world to life.
Mephistopheles will be played by Arthur Darvill, best known for the role of Rory in Doctor Who. Doctor Faustus is played by Paul Hilton, who was last seen at the Globe in 1998 as Orlando in As You Like It and whose other credits include Rosmersholm (Almeida Theatre), The Daughter-in-Law (Young Vic) and Silk (BBC).
Doctor Faustus is considered the greatest tragedy in English before Shakespeare. Marlowe places some of the greatest poetry ever written for the stage and a good deal of anarchic comedy at the service of this mythic tale illustrating mankind’s insatiable desire for knowledge and power.
This will be the first production of Doctor Faustus at the Globe.
This production will employ Renaissance costumes and staging.
Director Matthew Dunster
Designer Paul Wills
Composer Jules Maxwell
Puppet Director Steve Tiplady
Choreographer Georgina Lamb
Magic Consultant Richard Pinner
Charlotte Broom Bad Angel/Alexander's Paramour
Michael Camp Duke/Frederick/First Student/Cardinal of Padua/Covetousness
Richard Clews Dick/First Scholar/Friear Sandelo/Envy
Nigel Cooke Lucifer/Pope Adrian/Horse Courser
Jonathan Cullen Valdes/Pope Bruno/Carter/Gluttony
Arthur Darvill Mephistopheles
Robert Goodale Raymond/Old Man/Cornelius/Nan Spit
Paul Hilton Doctor Faustus
Sarita Piotrowski Helen/Pride
Will Mannering Benvolio/Second Scholar/Third Student/Cardinal of France
Pearce Quigley Robin/Alexander
Iris Roberts Hostess/Lechery
Beatriz Romilly Good Angel/Duke's Servant
Felix Scott Wagner/Emperor Charles/Wrath
Jade Williams Duchess/Sloth
Chinna Wodu Beelzebub/Martino/Second Student/Archbishop of Rheims
Musical Director Genevieve Wilkins
Musicians Stephen Hiscock, Harry Napier, Jez Wiles, Paul Johnson
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