Faustus: That Damned Woman at Lyric Hammersmith tickets
Faustus: That Damned Woman at Lyric Hammersmith tickets

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About the show

Continuing a season that sees A Doll’s House transported to colonial India and a striking translation of Antigone by Seamus Heaney, the Lyric Hammersmith welcomes playwright Chris Bush as she upends the Faust myth in Faustus: That Damned Woman next year.

Taking the threads of the epic German legend about a man who sells his soul to the Devil, Faustus: That Damned Woman sees the iconic tragic figure reimagined as a woman. With a chance to change the course of history at risk, Johanna Faustus is willing to make the ultimate sacrifice – but what is the cost, and what legacy will she leave behind?

Jodie McNee stars as Johanna Faustus, having previously appeared in Anatomy Of A Suicide at the Royal Court Theatre and Hamlet at Manchester Royal Exchange. She is joined by Act For Change founder Danny Lee Wynter (The Maids) as Mephistopheles.

Faustus: That Damned Woman is written by award-winning playwright Chris Bush, who received rave reviews for her Sheffield-set musical Standing at the Sky’s Edge at the Crucible Theatre. A political and bold writer, her work includes Steel, The Assassination of Katie Hopkins and Tony! The Blair Musical.

A co-production between the Lyric Hammersmith, Headlong Theatre Company and Birmingham Repertory Theatre, the play is directed by Caroline Byrne (Shakespeare’s Globe: All’s Well That Ends Well; The Taming of the Shrew), with set design from Ana Inés Jabares-Pita, costumes by Line Bech and lighting design by Richard Howell.

Experience this bold and brilliant upending of a well-versed story before it heads out on tour. Faustus: That Damned Woman premieres at the Lyric Hammersmith from 23 January 2020.

Recommended for

Fans of the Lyric Hammersmith’s output of exciting new writing will want to secure tickets for Faustus: That Damned Woman, which offers a thoughtful and daring new look at a story we all think we know.

Age Recommendations: Recommended 12+

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes (including interval)
Opened: 23 Jan 2020
Press night: 28 Jan 2020
Booking from: 21 Feb 2020
Booking until: 22 Feb 2020

Seating plan

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Location and map

Lyric Hammersmith
Lyric Square
London, W6 0QL

11 Reviews Add review

Quite a spooky set. Because, of course, this is a take on the story of Faust, the doctor who sold his soul to the devil. Like the original... More

u2fancat 5'6'', 93 reviews, 2 helpful votes

This was a very different take on the Faustus story having the lead character portrayed by a woman. It worked well as the acting was... More

joc78 5"4, 435 reviews, 7 helpful votes

Amazing reimagining of Faustus, intelligent script and a dazzling performance by the main character. I would strongly recommend it. More

dianea10 1 review, 0 helpful votes

jbrown15 57 reviews, 0 helpful votes

The show was very engaging and the acting very good. However I felt that in the second half something was missing. Brilliant cast... More

laurag24 1 review, 0 helpful votes

lizw5 1 review, 0 helpful votes

annabelj1 1 review, 0 helpful votes

The first half is brilliant, though I found some of the colour blind casting confusing, there was a lot of time travel, thousands of... More

marinas5 1 review, 0 helpful votes

kayf2 1 review, 0 helpful votes