Doctor Faustus

Garth Petal in Macbeth
by Christopher Marlowe
directed by Rob Melrose
January 15

Before Goethe’s Faust, before Damn Yankees and countless other tales of a man selling his soul to the devil, Christopher Marlowe wrote his astonishing play. This is the original tale told in some of the most bold and exciting passages in the English language. Upon seeing Helen of Troy, Dr. Faustus says, “Is this the face that launched a thousand ships / and burnt the topless towers of Illium.”