Game of Throne’s Kit Harington has made a pact with the Devil to return to the London stage this spring to play the title role in an anarchic production of Doctor Faustus at the Duke of York’s Theatre, London.
Jamie Lloyd directs Christopher Marlowe’s masterwork, with two acts by Colin Teevan. It previews from April 9.
Harington has played Jon Snow in Game of Thrones since 2011. On stage, he was in the original casts of War Horse (National Theatre) and Posh (Royal Court).
With Teevan’s darkly comic scenes replacing the extant middle acts (widely believed not to have been written by Marlowe), and dynamic stage illusions, the story of this 400-year-old play will be transported to a celebrity-obsessed society of greed and instant gratification, offering a fresh perspective that chimes with our times.
Faustus makes a pact with the Devil, selling his soul in return for the ability to perform anything he pleases with the power of black magic.
This fatal decision catapults him into an intoxicating world of celebrity, as he becomes a world-renowned conjuror, international heartthrob and friend of the rich, famous and powerful. But what is the cost of his insatiable thirst for wealth and fame?
Said Harington: “I have been away from the theatre for six years, so the combination of Colin Teevan’s inventive version of Marlowe’s extraordinary play in the hands of the visionary director Jamie Lloyd all felt like the perfect reason to come back.
“Faustus’ journey is exhilarating and the idea of playing a magician – a showman – is hugely exciting.”
Jamie Lloyd said “Kit Harington is one of the most dynamic young actors around and he’s eager for a new challenge.
“This version of this legendary play combines the very best of Marlowe’s text with thrilling work by Colin Teevan, which replaces the notorious central acts, long-suspected to be of spurious origin”.
Doctor Faustus runs from April 9-June 4. Tickets go on sale February 26.