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Faustus: That Damned Woman

Faustus: That Damned Woman

A radical re-imagining of Doctor Faustus is coming to the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre

Kitty Underwood

By Kitty Underwood First Published 10 September 2019, Last Updated 1 November 2019

Headlong and the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre in association with Birmingham Repertory Theatre announced today a unique re-imagining of the Faustus myth that will premiere in London in January 2020.

Faustus: That Damned Woman is the latest play from award-winning playwright Chis Bush and sees the grandiose protagonist rewritten as a woman trading sacrifices to travel across centuries and alter the fabric of history.

Faustus: That Damned Woman

The legend of Doctor Faustus follows the twists and turns in the demise of a scholar who – growing bored of traditional studies – sells their soul to the devil in exchange for the powers of black magic.

Drawing together the famous interpretations of the Faustus myth by Marlowe and Goethe as well as a wide range of other re-imaginings, the play asks grand questions about sacrifice and legacy.

The play is the first commissioned as part of contemporary theatre company, Headlong and the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre’s new long-term commitment to commissioning and producing works by women playwrights. The production is directed by Caroline Byrne alongside an innovative creative team.

With promises of a radical and modern re-imagining of an ancient and iconic legend, this daring piece is sure to make some waves.

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