Faustus story told on stage

Derby Shakespeare Theatre Company are offering you the chance to join them for a pre-show talk about their latest production The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus, by Christopher Marlowe, on November 6.

Ahead of curtains up at The Guildhall Theatre in Derby the team are hosting a You, Me and Faustus session during which you can find out more about the creative process which took the Elizabethan tragedy from the page to the stage. They say the event will be especially useful for school groups but everyone is welcome. 

Faustus is a brilliant, bored, academic. A scholar who believes he has exhausted the confines of human knowledge. 

Frustrated with the futility of law and science he is hungry for something new and falls under the spell of the dark arts and sells his soul to the Devil in exchange for more power and knowledge. 

The play, written at the end of the 16th century, explores the battle between good and evil, the merits of Hell over Heaven and ask whether faith alone is enough to save a soul. 

In this modern interpretation, with a stripped-down text, Derby Shakespeare Theatre Company invite you to come face to face with the Devil and steal a glimpse into the jaws of Hell. Chris Scott is playing Doctor Faustus and James M. Dean is playing Mephistopheles.  

It is directed by Niki Caister and has an ensemble cast.

The You, Me and Faustus session starts at 7.30pm with the performance following at 8pm. The play can also be seen from November 7-10 at 8pm. For tickets go to http://www.derbylive.co.uk for news about the production follow Derby Shakespeare Theatre Company on social media.

Pictured above is Chris Scott is Dr Faustus.