Doctor Faustus


West End

Shakespeare's Globe

Until Sat Aug 20 2011


Doctor Faustus © Keith Pattison

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Can't believe I was watching the same show as some of the other reviewers - it was AMAZING. Everyone else I was standing near seemed to be loving it too. It was just perfect. Nice and dramatic in parts and really funny in others and great stage magic, music and puppetry. Would recommend standing in the yard as you feel like you're right in the middle of all the action.


The mundane arrogance, anguished self-centredness and sheer foolishness and ugliness of evil well displayed. The sins all illustrated. A very interesting production shows how the attractive beauty of the creation, mixed with desire drowns out the call of grace and creates misery. Really liked the way it was done.


A juvenile rendition of this classic. I would have expected more drama / darkness and less toilet humor in a place like the Shakespeaer globe. Unfortunately this seemed more like a cheap west end production than a performance of a great classic. A shame as well that the female characters didn't really get a chance to shine and were mostly depicted as sex objects and not as real people. The exception being the angel and devil which were performed with great skill.


Really disappointing rendition of this play. It had no real substance and missed opportunities to deal with interesting themes, preferring instead to resort to cheap laughs from tedious sexist jokes and toilet humour. I've seen and enjoyed many plays at The Globe, and this was by far my least favourite. Not recommended!

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