Doctor Faustus

Duke of Yorks Theatre

Doctor Faustus

09 Apr 2016 - 25 Jun 2016

£55.00 - £72.00

Pro reviewers rating
14 reviews

2.1 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
1 reviews

2.0 out of 5.0

In exchange for his soul and eternal damnation, for 24 years Faustus gets infinite knowledge and the chance to indulge in any and every fantasy. In the process he becomes well acquainted with the Seven Deadly Sins.

With blackly comic new scenes by Colin Teevan and dynamic stage illusions, the story of this 400-year-old play is transported to a celebrity-obsessed society of greed and instant gratification, offering a fresh, new perspective that chimes with our times.


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“Adult material, scenes of a sexual nature, nudity, loud music, smoke, fog... rather stylish underpants. ”

Ann Treneman (Times)

“Brash, bold, and very messy modern mash-up of Marlowe... Lloyd’s visual sense remains impeccable. ”

Natasha Tripney (The Stage, Time Out)

“Stolen by Russell as a sullen, sarcastic and terrifying Mephistopheles... A wild twenty-first-century fever dream. ”

Andrzej Lukowski (Time Out)

“Harington throws himself into the part... Embraces some of the good as well as the unfortunate meanings of “diabolical”. ”

Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“Alas, Harington cannot carry this play... his high declamatory delivery actually means speeches fail to register... A hot mess. ”

Holly Williams (What's On Stage, Time Out, Independent)

“The lead actor acquits himself well... When the production allows him, he gives us a sense of Faustus’s flailing despair. ”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“A modish version by Colin Teevan... verges on being totally incomprehensible in this dismally conceived rehash. ”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

“Harington is agile and energetic... Russell’s chilling... Feels like an exercise in bombarding us with toxic images. ”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“Even if he tackles theological disputes with verve, it’s Harington’s Michelangelo physique that steals the show... Tasteless. ”

Patrick Marmion (Time Out, Daily Mail)

“Determined to hold your attention, and, thanks to its comic carnival of excess, largely successful... more flash than substance.”

Marianka Swain (Broadway World, Arts Desk)

“Much of it was incomprehensible... Despite an energetic and intense performance Harington remains a blank canvas. ”

West End Whingers

“Lloyd and Teevan leave no cliché unturned... Revels in obscenity and offensiveness... a puerile bid to shock... Utter drivel. ”

Neil Norman (Express, The Stage)

“Lucifer has a noisy time on the lavatory. And passes off his poo as a truffle. Is this intended as a metaphor? ”

Susannah Clapp (The Observer)

“A barrage of shock tactics and cheap theatrics... Lloyd gives us absolutely no sense of the metaphysical... Hell. ”

Michael Arditti (Express)

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