'Dark and devellish' Doctor Faustus due to get under way at Malvern Theatres - The Malvern Observer

'Dark and devellish' Doctor Faustus due to get under way at Malvern Theatres

Malvern Editorial 21st Sep, 2020   0

A NEW production of Doctor Faustus starts at Malvern Theatres tomorrow and runs until Saturday, September 22 to 26.

It is part of the venue’s first season following the lockdown.

RADA’s Roma Farnell, originally from Malvern, has expertly adapted the demonic drama to create an atmospheric and unsettling one-man show.

The dark and devilish adaptation dives into the internal conflict and struggles of Faustus as chases the insatiable desire of infinite knowledge.

The corrupting influence of power and the idea of sin, redemption and damnation all remain as integral to the plot as when it was first performed in 1592.

This Mike Wilson Productions show, starring GSA’s Harry Boaz, was scheduled to take residency at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year and followed by a national tour.

As the worldwide pandemic shut down all live entertainment, the company was forced to make the difficult decision to postpone all performances indefinitely.

Mike Wilson, Producer and Company Director, said: “We are delighted to be part of Malvern Theatres’ reopening season this month.

“Creatives and audiences alike are desperate to return and enjoy live theatre once again, and we are thrilled to be at the forefront with our bold re-imagining of Christopher Marlowe’s masterpiece.

“We are incredibly grateful to the team at Malvern for inviting us to perform on the iconic Festival Theatre stage and hope that by doing so, we can give confidence to our friends and colleagues across the industry as they make plans to return themselves.”

Greed, corruption, and damnation are rampant in this brooding Elizabethan play. Repentance plagues a haunted Faustus when he strikes a deal with Lucifer; 24 years of power and knowledge in return for his tormented soul.

With Covid-19 social distancing in place, limited tickets are now on sale for the performances.

For more information or book tickets click here.

Rescheduled dates for the 2021 UK tour will be announced in due course.

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