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Kit Harington starred as the brooding Doctor Faustus in a revamped production by Jamie Lloyd that brought the 400 year-old classic into the 21st century. Featuring the devil, black magic and plenty of darkly comic scenes, Doctor Faustus cast its spell on audiences at the Duke of York’s Theatre.

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.

Sorry this show closed 25 June 2016, we recommend these similar productions.

Performance dates:
25 Jun 2016 - 25 Jun 2016
Running time:
2 hours and 15 minutes.
Duke of York's Theatre (See map)
Age recommendation:
Recommended 16+ (Due to nudity, scenes of sexual violence & themes of an adult nature)
Audience Notes:
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.

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    Enjoyed this, very entertaining.

    swannie1967's avatar
    swannie1967 27 Feb 2018
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    laurenmaytheatre Top 50 reviewer 13 Oct 2017

    Odd and bizarre, but Jenna Russell was fab.

    barrythompson1's avatar
    barrythompson1 11 Mar 2018

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

    sayers500's avatar
    sayers500 22 Jan 2018

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

    sergioAraujo's avatar
    sergioAraujo Top 200 reviewer 21 Jan 2018

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

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    ruthc17 15 Mar 2017
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