Friday, 26 February 2016

Jenna Russell & Brian Gilligan join Kit Harington in Doctor Faustus

Full casting has been announced for Jamie Lloyd's production of Doctor Faustus.

Jenna Russell joins the previously announced Kit Harington, taking on the role of Mephistopheles.

The cast also includes: Jade Anouka (Wagner), Tom Edden (Good Angel), Danielle Flett (Valdes), Brian Gilligan (Cornelius), Forbes Masson (Lucifer), Craig Stein (Evil Angel) and ensemble member Gabby Wong.

The play opens at the Duke of York’s Theatre on 25th April (previews from 9th April) and has extended its run for an additional three weeks to 25th June 2016. 

Doctor Faustus will be designed by Soutra Gilmour with lighting by Jon Clark and music and sound by Ben and Max Ringham. Movement direction is by Polly Bennett with fights by Kate Waters.

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?

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