The Globe: Doctor Faustus Cert. Cert TBC Picture house at FACT

  • Released2012
  • Running time147 minutes

A terrifying exploration of the human and the divine by Christopher Marlowe

Doctor Faustus, restless for knowledge, forsakes scholarship for magic and makes a pact with the Devil: if the tortured spirit Mephistopheles will serve him for 24 years, Faustus will yield his soul to the Devil after death.

Transformed into an arena of wild spectacle and dark illusion, the Globe becomes the scene for an epic battle between Lucifer and the angels for one man’s soul. Larger-than-life puppets, huge flying dragons and horned stilt-walkers bring Marlowe’s fantastical world to life.

Mephistopheles will be played by Arthur Darvill, best known for the role of Rory in Doctor Who. Doctor Faustus is played by Paul Hilton, who was last seen at the Globe in 1998 as Orlando in As You Like It, and whose other credits include Rosmersholm (Almeida Theatre), The Daughter-in-Law (Young Vic) and Silk (BBC).

Doctor Faustus is considered the greatest tragedy in English before Shakespeare. Marlowe places some of the greatest poetry ever written for the stage and a good deal of anarchic comedy at the service of this mythic tale illustrating mankind’s insatiable desire for knowledge and power.

This will be the first production of Doctor Faustus at the Globe.
This production will employ Renaissance costumes and staging.

Director: Matthew Dunster
Designer: Paul Wills

Doctor Faustus: Paul Hilton
Mephistopheles: Arthur Darvill
Bad Angel/
Alexander’s Paramour: Charlotte Broom
Duke/Frederick/First Student/
Cardinal of Padua/
Covetousness: Michael Camp
Dick/First Scholar/
Friar Sandelo/Envy: Richard Clews
Lucifer/Pope Adrian/
Horse Courser: Nigel Cooke
Valdes/Pope Bruno/Carter/
Gluttony: Jonathan Cullen
Raymond/Old Man/
Cornelius/Nan Spit: Robert Goodale
Helen/Pride: Sarita Piotrowski
Benvolio/Second Scholar/
Third Student/
Cardinal of France: Will Mannering
Robin/Alexander: Pearce Quigley
Hostess/Lechery: Iris Roberts
Good Angel/Duke’s Servant: Beatriz Romilly
Wagner/Emperor Charles/
Wrath: Felix Scott
Duchess/Sloth: Jade Williams
Second Student/
Archbishop of Rheims: Chinna Wodu

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