It hasn’t even opened yet but Jamie Lloyd Company’s production of Doctor Faustus, starring Game of Thrones’ Kit Harington has already announced an extension to its run at London’s Duke of York’s Theatre.
Harington plays the title role in Colin Teevan’s version of Christopher Marlowe’s masterpiece with Jenna Russell taking the role of the demonic Mephistopheles and Forbes Masson as the Devil.
Further casting: Jade Anouka, Tom Edden, Danielle Flett, Brian Gilligan, Craig Stein and Gabby Wong.
There has been a rush to get tickets to the production and, such is the demand, that a three-week extension has been announced. The production is now booking in the West End from April 9-June 25.
This anarchic production of Doctor Faustus will be directed by Jamie Lloyd.
With Teevan’s darkly comic scenes replacing the extant middle acts (widely believed not to have been written by Marlowe), 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 modern 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?
Doctor Faustus marks Forbes Masson’s fourth production with The Jamie Lloyd Company. He has an extensive stage career including roles in Mr Foote’s Other Leg (Theatre Royal Haymarket and Hampstead Theatre), The Ruling Class, Richard III and Macbeth (all Trafalgar Studios), As You Like It (RSC Residency in New York). Recent on screen roles include Catastrophe, Shetland and Doctors.
Jenna Russell recently appeared in Grey Gardens at the Southwark Playhouse. Her acclaimed theatre career includes multiple credits with the Almeida theatre including The Odyssey, The Iliad and Mr Burns as well as Di Viv and Rose (Vaudeville), Urinetown (St James and Apollo), Merrily We Roll Along (Menier Chocolate Factory and Harold Pinter) and Soho Cinders (Soho Theatre). TV appearances include Call the Midwife, The Paradise, Holby City and Minder.