The production will be directed by Jamie Lloyd and presented in a version of Christopher Marlowe's play that has two acts by Colin Teevan. Performances begin April 9 prior to an official opening April 25, at the West End's Duke of York's Theatre, for a run through June 4.
Teevan's scenes replacing the extant middle acts (widely believed not to have been written by Marlowe), transporting the play to a celebrity-obsessed society of greed and instant gratification. In the play, Faustus makes a pact with the Devil, selling his soul in return for the ability to perform anything he pleases with the power of black magic. This fatal decision catapults him into an intoxicating world of celebrity, as he becomes a world-renowned conjuror, international heartthrob and friend of the rich, famous and powerful. But what is the cost of his insatiable thirst for wealth and fame?
Harington, who has played Jon Snow in HBO's "Game of Thrones" since 2011, was in the original London casts of War Horse at the National and Posh at the Royal Court. In a press statement, he has commented, "I have been away from the theatre for six years, so the combination of Colin Teevan's inventive version of Marlowe’s extraordinary play in the hands of the visionary director Jamie Lloyd all felt like the perfect reason to come back. Faustus' journey is exhilarating and the idea of playing a magician – a showman – is hugely exciting."
Lloyd adds, "Kit Harington is one of the most dynamic young actors around and he's eager for a new challenge. This version of this legendary play combines the very best of Marlowe's text with thrilling work by Colin Teevan, which replaces the notorious central acts, long-suspected to be of spurious origin. I am excited to be presenting our company's first production at the Duke of York's, whilst The Maids with Uzo Aduba, Zawe Ashton and Laura Carmichael runs at Trafalgar Studios."
Further casting is still to be announced. The production will be designed by Soutra Gilmour, with lighting by Jon Clark, and music and sound by Ben and Max Ringham. To book tickets, visit thejamielloydcompany.com