Faustus: That Damned WomanA woman knows the devil is no worse than man
"My name is Johanna Faustus. I was born almost four hundred years ago.
I gave my soul to achieve the impossible.
I watched this city grow sick and I swore to heal it.
I might be damned, but I would save the world to spite the Devil.”
In this radical retelling of the Faustus myth, one woman makes the ultimate sacrifice - selling her soul in order to change the course of history. But can she now escape eternal damnation?
Brought to the stage by the inimitable Headlong (Richard III, People, Places & Things), this gripping Faustian drama explores what we must sacrifice to achieve greatness, and the legacy that we leave behind.
A Headlong and Lyric Hammersmith Theatre co-production, in association with the Birmingham Repertory Theatre.
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Jodie McNee’s incandescent performance, every word striking sparks, resembles a flaming torch.
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5:30pm, Fri 13 Mar | Coopers' Loft| Pay what you can – £3, £5 or £7
Ahead of the evening performance, we sit down with Faustus’ Associate Director Ebenezer Bamgboye to unpack Headlong’s provocative new take on Marlowe’s classic. From determination to damnation, Bamgboye will provide piercing insight into gender-swapping the play’s lead, and how flipping this morality tale on its head seeks to throw the Faustus myth into strange and exciting directions.
Original, ambitious and fantastically revisionist.
An exhilarating feminist story.
Savage yet constantly bursting with passion.
Those fearsome innovators Headlong.