Doctor Faustus
Horror

Barbican

Doctor Faustus

07 Sep 2016 - 01 Oct 2016

£10.00 - £55.00

Pro reviewers rating
5 reviews

3.8 out of 5.0
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0 reviews

0.0 out of 5.0

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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.

Transferring to London following its successful run in Stratford-upon-Avon, Aberg’s punchy production updates Marlowe for our times with ritual, cabaret and carnival.

Ages 12+

Barbican [Off West End]

“Breathless, punky take on the play... Aberg takes an enthusiastic blade to the text, cutting it down to the dramatic muscle. ”

Arts Desk (other reviewers)

“Instantly striking... a lean, psychologically penetrating production that’s minimalist and contained... Secular psychodrama. ”

Claire Allfree (Telegraph)

“Marlowe’s unwieldy play is presented as [a] tightly focused tale... Hard to stomach at first but worms its way into your head. ”

Neil Norman (Express, The Stage)

“Gets everything right from the start... A sort of surreal cabaret... Visually ravishing... Haunting, jazzy original score. ”

Andrzej Lukowski (Time Out)

“Inventive... Makes deep cuts to the text... A palpable enthusiasm for the twisted and the grotesque... Striking punk sensibility”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

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