Faustus: That Damned Woman
Award-winning playwright Chris Bush (Standing At The Sky's Edge and Steel, Sheffield Crucible Theatre, The Assassination Of Katie Hopkins, Theatr Clwyd and Pericles, National Theatre) reimagines the darkly compelling tale of Doctor Faustus, inspired by the works of Marlowe, Goethe and other versions of the Faust Myth.
I was born almost four hundred years ago.
I gave my soul to achieve the impossible.
I watched this city grow sick and I swore to heal it.
I might be damned, but I would save the world to spite the Devil.
In this radical retelling, Johanna Faustus makes the ultimate sacrifi ce and sells her soul in order to time travel across the centuries and change the entire course of history. But can she now escape eternal damnation?
Caroline Byrne (Spring Awakening, Young Vic, All's Well That Ends Well, Sam Wanamaker Theatre, Oliver Twist, Regents Park and Taming Of The Shrew, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre) directs this gripping Faustian drama which explores what we must sacrifice to achieve greatness, and the legacy we leave behind.
This devilishly provocative story is told from a female perspective and promises to thrill purists whilst captivating new audiences.
Post Show Discussion 3 March
Director Caroline Byrne
Set designer Ana Inés Jabares-Pita
Costume designer Line Bech
Lighting designer Richard Howell
Composition & sound designer Giles Thomas
Video designer Ian William Galloway
Movement director Shelley Maxwell
Associate director Ebenezer Bamgboye
Casting director Annelie Powell CDG
Bush’s writing abounds with flair and rhythm… Impressive
Jodie McNee is magnificent
Poetic and highly imaginative… truly mesmerising performances
A novel and new riff of a classic
A breezy epic full of big ideas
Feminist and futuristic… Exhilarating
The Evening Standard
An ambitious refocussing of a famous myth
If you find yourself wishing you could change the world right now… see this
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