Dr Faustus (2019/20)

Dr Faustus (2019/20)

Splendid Productions present a new creative adaptation of an all-time classic. The brilliant scholar Dr Faustus uses his fabulous intellect to summon the actual devil to grant his every wish! But the devil has a price: it will cost Faustus his soul. Is this the best deal in history – absolutely everything for absolutely nothing? Or… is it perhaps the other way round…?

Splendid’s devilish cast of three pack a timeless tale into a thrilling hour of laughter, music, magic and amazement. Morality meets mortality in this ingenious reinvention of an Elizabethan drama that couldn’t be more contemporary.



This year adaptors Kerry Frampton and Ben Hales are revisiting Christopher Marlowe's famous morality play Dr Faustus. We first adapted Dr Faustus for our 2009/2010 tour, and although a lot has changed in the last 10 years, the story of a pompous idiot laughing in the face of nature, selling his soul to the Devil in a poorly-explained deal that promises much but delivers nothing... well, it seemed to resonate as strongly as ever.

Our revised adaptation keeps the crowd-pleasing spectacle (and much of the language) of Marlowe's original, but brings the audience closer than ever to the demonic temptations of Lucifer, Beezlebub and Mephistopheles. Surely a 21st century audience will not sell their own souls so cheaply? We can't wait to find out.