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Doctor Faustus – Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London

Writer: Christopher MarloweDirector: Paulette RandallReviewer: Scott Matthewman Now that Emma Rice’s electric lights have faded away like a neon fever dream at Shakespeare’s Globe, the venue’s latest production of Doctor Faustus returns to the candlelight staging within the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse that is, perhaps, far more appropriate for Marlowe’s tale of witchcraft and devilry. Amongst the heritage staging, though, director Paulette Randall ...

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Doctor Faustus – The Bikeshed, Exeter

Writer: Christopher Marlowe Director: Anna Coombs Choreographer: Reviewer: Gareth Roberts Tangle’s assured and confident production of Doctor Faustus compresses Marlowe’s drama to a cast of three and a running time of 90 minutes, without feeling rushed or excessively minimalized. The cast is highly effective in a small space and a strong production design amplifies their efforts. On account of the ...

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The Tragical History Of The Life And Death Of Doctor Faustus – The Swan Theatre, Stratford Upon Avon

Dr Faustus at The Swan, Stratford upon Avon

Writer: Christopher Marlowe Director: Maria Aberg Reviewer: Bethaney Rimmer   At each performance of Dr Faustus, the decision of who shall play the title role and who shall be Mephistophilis is left to chance. Sandy Grierson and Oliver Ryan enter the stage from opposite sides, mirroring each other’s movements precisely as they reach centre stage,face each otherand light a match. ...

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Tamburlaine the Great – Tristan Bates Theatre, London

  Writer: Christopher Marlowe Adaptors and Directors: Ricky Dukes and Gavin Harrington-Odedra Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   Power is a fleeting thing and the sustenance of great empires has often rested in the personality of one great military or political leader. But succession planning is often their downfall so replacement leaders fall quickly and brings that hard-won Empire tumbling down with ...

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Faustus – Cygnet Theatre, Exeter

Writers: Christopher Marlowe/Johann Wolfgang von Goethe/Czech Puppet Company/Vaclav Havel Director: Kevin Johnson Reviewer: Lucy Corley “Tis magic, magic that hath ravished me,” says Doctor Faustus in Christopher Marlowe’s 1604 play, and I challenge anyone not to be beguiled by the black magic of this young company’s adaptation. The Actor’s Wheel is a touring theatre training company linked to the University ...

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The Jew of Malta – The Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

Writer: Christopher Marlowe Director: Justin Audibert Reviewer: James Garrington Some 15 years before Shakespeare introduced The Merchant of Veniceto the world, Christopher Marlowe was busy penning his own play, The Jew of Malta – and what a delight it is, too. It is being presented here as part of an RSC season which explores the “outsider”, and shows, as is ...

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Tamburlaine the Great: Part 2 – Jackson’s Lane, London

Writer: Christopher Marlowe Director: Steven Green Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   So, you have achieved your heart’s desire, whatever that may be, say arch-monarch of the world, what on earth do you do now? Tamburlaine faces this dilemma at the beginning of Part Two of Marlowe’s epic story of this conquering hero-tyrant, as he sits at the head of a vast ...

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Tamburlaine the Great: Part 1 – Jackson’s Lane, London

Writer: Christopher Marlowe Director: Steven Green Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   Power, glory and land; the motivations for war hardly change which explains why 400 year old plays still resonate with modern audiences. London regularly sees versions of Shakespeare’s Henry V or Othello brought forward to the 20th Century, where the language finds renewed meaning in the trenches and encampments of ...

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