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

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Overview

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

Doctor Faustus Location: Duke Of York’s Theatre Date Seen: Saturday 14th May Seen With: 1 Friend Understudies at This Performa... More

zh14 1.7m, 60 reviews, 22 helpful votes

The show was really great. Modern, very expressionistic, raw and in your face, if not to say a little crazy. Very enjoyable. I per... More

contactannagentilini 5"3, 1 review, 0 helpful votes

Doctor Faustus is the age old story we all know, even if we don't quite know how. In this production, the selling of the soul to t... More

jacknicmusic 5"12, 29 reviews, 27 helpful votes

My main reason for booking tickets was to see Jon Snow alive and well, but the second I walked into the theatre, I was intrigued b... More

christierney777 5"9, 155 reviews, 2 helpful votes

As always when Jamie Lloyd is involved in a project, it was simply awesome! Good adaptation of a great classic, awesome cast, in... More

natlecoq 160cm, 23 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I wasn't sure before we went whether I would enjoy this as it had been mauled by critics, but I actually really enjoyed it. I tho... More

mikeharps 6 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Brace yourself for Doctor Faustus engaging in the baseness of human nature! A fantastic new interpretation and both Kit Harington ... More

ionagresty 15 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Totally in awe of this show! Was a bit unsettling in parts and the nudity was a bit cringey in places but an amazing cast Funn... More

janelombard 1 review, 0 helpful votes

An intriguing show. The basis of the show is very haunting and enticing, the adaptation is a little violent and erotic for no app... More

jade18 5'3, 51 reviews, 3 helpful votes