Old Vic calls the Doctor

PUBLISHED: 10:08 12 October 2006 | UPDATED: 10:01 24 May 2010

MARLOWE'S enduring play Doctor Faustus will be staged in Bristol soon. Of all the Elizabethan dramatists, Marlowe is one of the wittiest, wickedest and most modern and in Doctor Faustus he shows man's insatiable thirst for knowledge. This new production

MARLOWE'S enduring play Doctor Faustus will be staged in Bristol soon.Of all the Elizabethan dramatists, Marlowe is one of the wittiest, wickedest and most modern and in Doctor Faustus he shows man's insatiable thirst for knowledge. This new production at the Old Vic contains illusion and animation to retell the Faustus legend in a bold, contemporary setting.Familiar cultural icons like Marilyn Monroe and Easyjet are used to explore our unshakable fascination with power and fame - whatever the consequences.The play is directed by David Fielding, who led a daring all-male production of The Importance of Being Earnest in 2005 which attracted record-breaking audiences. He has also put together tours for the Pet Shop Boys and productions at the National Theatre and for the Royal Shakespeare Company. In the title role is Claire Price, whose theatre roles include Queen Anne with Kenneth Branagh in Richard III (Sheffield Crucible) and Agnes alongside Ralph Fiennes in Brand (RSC/Haymarket). She is currently starring alongside Ken Stott as DS Siobhan Clarke in ITV's Rebus.Indian actress Ayesha Dharker plays Mephistophilis. Her credits include the international award-winning film The Terrorist, which earned her a nomination for Best Actress from the National Film Awards of India and the Cairo Film Festival award for Best Artistic Contribution by an Actress. The eight-strong cast is completed by Tom Silburn, Sue Bruce, Kevin Harvey, Robin Pearce, Bradley Taylor and Brigid Zengeni.The play will run from October 27 to November 25. For tickets, priced from £5, call 0117 987 7877.

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