By Christopher Marlowe
Directed by Stephen Lee
New Fortune Theatre, UWA
7.30pm March 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28
A rare theatrical event, well worth selling your soul for a ticket…
Rarely performed in Perth, Marlowe’s stunning and compelling play Doctor Faustus will be performed at UWA’s New Fortune Theatre, an astonishing outdoor facsimile of an Elizabethan playing space, a setting for which the play was written.
Thoughtful, daring, darkly funny and yet also intensely truthful, it is a masterpiece, comparable with many of Shakespeare’s plays, written at the height of Marlowe’s powers.
An intelligent and learned man, bored with reaching the pinnacle of his profession, sells his soul to the Devil for twenty-four years to have the demon Mephistopheles as his servant. In starkly vivid and painstaking detail, it charts a man’s struggle with his own limitations and ultimate mortality, and his terror at the prospect of eternal damnation.
In a real tour de force of juggling different styles, Marlowe’s play swings from powerful and impassioned poetry to broadly hilarious comedy as Faustus fritters away his time in a series of practical jokes and showy magical tricks. And finally, as his last hour ticks away, Faustus must face his own demons, and struggle with his pride to ask God forgiveness.
Stephen Lee, award-winning director who has directed some thirty separate productions of either Shakespeare or his contemporaries, directs Doctor Faustus, which features David Meadows, one of Perth’s pre-eminent performers of Shakespeare.
The Graduate Dramatic Society first staged Shakespeare in the New Fortune in 1964, and has been presenting quality plays at The New Fortune Theatre annually for twenty years.
Book at: www.ticketsWA.com
Standard: $35, Concession: $25, Groups of ten or more (including school groups): $20
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