Written for Exeunt
There’s a lovely irony to the Globe making Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus part of their The Word Is God season. Faustus is a demonic tale and one in which words, books, can be tools of evil, can lead you terribly astray.
Marlowe’s best known play is packaged here in a marvellously batty production by director Matthew Dunster; though it sometimes plays more like a cautionary children’s tale than chilling psychological tragedy, it is as enticing and entertaining as the devious spirits that Faustus follows blindly into hell.
Written for What’s On Stage – 19/1/10
Doctor Faustus at Stratford Circus until Saturday 6 February.
Men stand in artfully geometric lines swathed in 50s Macs and stylish trilbys. We could be down on the waterfront but instead we are plunged into a sexy, clubbing version of Christopher Marlowe’s hellish play, Doctor Faustus.
The tale of Faustus selling his soul to the devil, partying like a fiend for four and 20 years and then finally paying the price is one of the best known in the English speaking world. So it is baffling that a production that has such a consummate visual style could get the telling of this epic tale so amiss. And yet it does.