Doctor Faustus at Duke of York's Theatre tickets
Doctor Faustus at Duke of York's Theatre tickets

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About the show

Game of Thrones star Kit Harington starred as the wild and enigmatic titular role in an entirely revamped production of Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus. Jamie Lloyd directed the 400 year-old play, with the addition of new darkly comic scenes from Colin Teevan, which revitalised the production and brought the text firmly into the present.

Written in 1592, Doctor Faustus is widely and regularly performed in many different theatrical versions and follows the illustrious Faustus who makes a detrimental deal with the devil. Agreeing to swap his soul for the ability to practice black magic, Faustus becomes intoxicated with a world of fame, fortune and infidelity. Reaching the heights as a famous conjuror, the devil reappears in a bid to make him pay the price for his insatiable greed. Lloyd’s revival of the classic text brought the world into the present day, examining our current celebrity-obsessed society of self-indulgence and instant gratification.

Kit Harington shot to fame having played the brooding Jon Snow in the hit HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones, but previously appeared onstage in the original casts of the National Theatre’s War Horse and the Royal Court’s Posh. He has since gone on to appear in several films, including Pompeii, Silent Hill: Revelation 3D, Testament of Youth and has voiced How to Train Your Dragon 2. Doctor Faustus marked Harington’s highly anticipated return to the West End.

Featuring design by Lloyd’s regular collaborator Soutra Gilmour, the production included lighting by Jon Clark and music and sound design by Ben and Max Ringham. Following the success of Lloyd’s star-studded revivals of The Homecoming and The Maids, Doctor Faustus was yet another sinisterly gripping production that has been enthralling audiences.

Recommended for

Fans of Game of Thrones and Kit Harington had the opportunity to see him perform in a similarly brooding role, but this time with a very sinister twist. Those who love Marlowe’s classic text were enthralled by this modernised production.

Age Recommendations: Recommended 16+ (Due to nudity, scenes of sexual violence & themes of an adult nature)

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Opened: 09 Apr 2016
Press night: 21 Apr 2016
Booking from: 25 Jun 2016
Booking until: 25 Jun 2016

Location and map

Duke of York's Theatre
St Martin's Lane
London, WC2N 4BG

98 Reviews Add review

Enjoyed this, very entertaining.

swannie1967 6ft, 30 reviews, 0 helpful votes

laurenmaytheatre 5"7, 387 reviews, 10 helpful votes

Odd and bizarre, but Jenna Russell was fab.

barrythompson1 81 reviews, 2 helpful votes

A truly awful re-imagining of Marlowe's classic which feels like it has watched and imitated Katie Mitchell's production of Cleansed. More

sayers500 178cm, 87 reviews, 2 helpful votes

i didn't like the play, the acting was good, the set was OK.

sergioAraujo 192 reviews, 2 helpful votes

A fantastic modern telling of a classic play. The cast was fantastic and the staging was great.

ruthc17 5"8, 51 reviews, 2 helpful votes

Good acting.

katherineyeung 160, 47 reviews, 2 helpful votes

SDTopper 5"8, 74 reviews, 1 helpful vote

This play is quite dark, and twisted in many parts, not one for children, and not one for elderly... Unless they prefer that sort of... More

katierose 5"7, 67 reviews, 2 helpful votes