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Doctor Faustus

Doctor Faustus

Faustus is restless for knowledge and his insatiable desire for notoriety has driven him to make a pact with the devil in return for the power to perform the black arts.This life-changing decision propels him into the heady world of the rich and famous as he becomes a globe-trotting magician to the stars. At last, women pay him attention, celebrities want to be his friend and he has the world at his feet to manipulate as he pleases.But was the price worth paying?Featuring Kevin Trainor as Doctor Faustus and Siobhan Redmond as Mephistopheles. From the same writer and director team behind the smash hit, Peer Gynt, described as “the finest piece of classic theatre Scotland has produced in half a decade.” The Scotsman


Wed 17 April | 4.30-6.30pm (followed by show at 7.30pm) £10 for workshop & show ticket Dominic Hill offers a unique and practical insight into the making of the production. For students and secondary pupils 14+.You can buy the Doctor Faustus script in our online store for just £3.50.

  • 5 Apr 2013 @ 7.30pm
  • 6 Apr 2013 @ 7.30pm
  • 9 Apr 2013 @ 7.30pm
  • 10 Apr 2013 @ 7.30pm
  • 11 Apr 2013 @ 7.30pm
  • 12 Apr 2013 @ 7.30pm
  • 13 Apr 2013 @ 7.30pm
  • 16 Apr 2013 @ 7.30pm
  • 17 Apr 2013 @ 7.30pm
  • 18 Apr 2013 @ 7.30pm
  • 19 Apr 2013 @ 7.30pm
  • 20 Apr 2013 @ 2.00pm
  • 20 Apr 2013 @ 7.30pm
  • 23 Apr 2013 @ 7.30pm
  • 24 Apr 2013 @ 7.30pm
  • 25 Apr 2013 @ 7.30pm
  • 26 Apr 2013 @ 7.30pm
  • 27 Apr 2013 @ 7.30pm

  • Previews 5-6 Apr
    Audio Described 11 Apr
    Signed 18 Apr
    Captioned 25 Apr
    Wheelchair Access
    Guide Dogs welcome
    Induction Loop


    Recommended for 14+
    Sexual references.


    “The devil has all the best moves.”
    The List

    “this clever and creative reinvention “
    Sunday Herald

    “Life, old chum, isn’t a rehearsal…this astutely provocative take on Marlowe is a pungent reminder of that.”
    The Herald (April 2013)

    “Who doesn’t want to see a man sell his soul to the devil?”
    Glasgow South & Eastwood Extra

    “Conjuring combines with choreography, burlesque with political satire, poetry with pantomime, in a staging that speaks to today”
    The Herald (February 2013)

    “an exciting and daringly realised production which is a thing of beauty to watch”
    The Independent

    “Hell isn’t just other people: it’s backstage in this new version of the story of the scholar who sold his soul to the devil.”
    The Guardian

    “a blistering, disturbing take on the culture of fleeting modern celebrity”
    The Public Reviews

    “an ambitious punch of modern theatre which will leave its audience asking questions”
    Entertainment Focus

    “ambitious, captivating, stimulating and funny”
    British Theatre Guide

    “bold and brave”
    tqs Magazine

    “a bold and memorable piece of theatre”
    Leeds List

    “a compelling production which makes full use of an excellent ensemble cast”
    Love Leeds Radio

    “a magnificent, show-stopping performance from the dazzling Siobhan Redmond as Mephistopheles - Performance of the Week”
    The Scotsman

    “we’re left dumbfounded by some highly accomplished illusions”
    Daily Telegraph


    ”“Opportunities and productions like these don’t grow on trees.”
    Kevin Trainor spoke to STV about playing the lead in Doctor Faustus

    “Our Faustus opts for Las Vegas, showgirls, orgies, and loads of drink, as many of us might. He meets rock stars and all of that. It’s pretty shallow what he goes for.”
    Kevin Trainor on our 21st version of Marlowe’s Faustus in Sunday Herald

    “if someone says, ‘Do you want to play ­Mephistopheles in Dr Faustus?’ you kind of have to say yes.”
    Siobhan Redmond in Sunday Mail

    “I want to make classic work that feels contemporary, vibrant and alive, and Dominic is the most obvious person for me to get in to do that.”
    West Yorkshire Playhouse Artistic Director James Brining in Scotland on Sunday

    “Faustus’s despair is a despair we still recognise today – a feeling of being damned if you do, damned if you don’t.”
    The Guardian spoke to Dominic Hill and Colin Teevan in rehearsals for Doctor Faustus

    “Mephistopheles has had another life, and is both Arthur and Martha.”
    Siobhan Redmond on her role in Doctor Faustus to The Herald

    “If Spielberg is our contemporary Shakespeare, Tarantino is our Marlowe”
    Writer Colin Teevan in Exeunt on his new acts for Doctor Faustus

    “Our Faustus is like a Derren Brown figure…I’m not saying Derren Brown sold his soul to the devil, although I wouldn’t be surprised to hear it”
    Kevin Trainor on his modern-day Doctor Faustus on What’s on stage

    • Cast & Creative Team
      CAST Siobhan Redmond - Mephistopheles Kevin Trainor - Doctor Faustus Ann Louise Ross - Good Angel Leah Brotherhead - Wagner Esther Ruth Elliott - Duchess, Robyn Alasdair Hankinson - Devil, Scholar, Party Attendee Christopher Keegan - Cornelius John Kielty - Valdes Gary Lilburn - Lucifer, Pope, Bruno, President Oliver Wilson - Bad AngelCREATIVE TEAMDirected by Dominic Hill Written by Christopher Marlowe and Colin Teevan Designed by Colin Richmond Lighting Design by Tim Mitchell Composer & Sound Designer Dan Jones Assistant Director Andrew Whyment Illusions Designed by James Freedman & Ben Hart
    Running Time: 2hrs 30mins (including interval)