Thursday, 21 January 2016

Kit Harington to star in West End production of Doctor Faustus

Game Of Thrones actor Kit Harington will star in a new West End production of Doctor Faustus.

Produced by the Jamie Lloyd Company, Doctor Faustus. is set to open at the Duke of York's Theatre in April with tickets on sale from Tuesday 26th January 2016.

Harington's stage credits include War Horse and Laura Wade’s Posh. He has played Jon Snow in HBO's Game Of Thrones since 2011.

UPDATE (26/01/16): Further details have been confirmed for the production which opens on 25th April (previews from 9th April) and is booking to 4th June 2016. Directed by Jamie Lloyd, this production marks the London premiere of Colin Teevan’s version of Christopher Marlowe’s masterpiece.

With Teevan's darkly comic scenes replacing the extant middle acts (widely believed not to have been written by Marlowe), and dynamic stage illusions, the story of this 400-year-old play will be transported to a celebrity-obsessed society of greed and instant gratification, offering a fresh perspective that chimes with our times.

Faustus makes a pact with the Devil, selling his soul in return for the ability to perform anything he pleases with the power of black magic. This fatal decision catapults him into an intoxicating world of celebrity, as he becomes a world-renowned conjuror, international heartthrob and friend of the rich, famous and powerful. But what is the cost of his insatiable thirst for wealth and fame?

Kit Harington said: "I have been away from the theatre for six years, so the combination of Colin Teevan’s inventive version of Marlowe’s extraordinary play in the hands of the visionary director Jamie Lloyd all felt like the perfect reason to come back. Faustus’ journey is exhilarating and the idea of playing a magician – a showman – is hugely exciting."

Jamie Lloyd said "Kit Harington is one of the most dynamic young actors around and he's eager for a new challenge. This version of this legendary play combines the very best of Marlowe's text with thrilling work by Colin Teevan, which replaces the notorious central acts, long-suspected to be of spurious origin. I am excited to be presenting our company's first production at the Duke of York's, whilst The Maids with Uzo Aduba, Zawe Ashton and Laura Carmichael runs at Trafalgar Studios."

Design is by Soutra Gilmour with lighting by Jon Clark and music and sound by Ben and Max Ringham.

First look at Kit Harington in Doctor Faustus

Photo Credit 1: Oliver Rosser

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