Faustus: That Damned Woman

22nd Jan 2020 - 4th Apr 2020

Book Tickets

  • The Nether Realm

    Michael Takeo Magruder, with Drew Baker and Erik Fleming | July 23, 2014

    The Nether Realm is a living virtual world inspired by Jennifer Haley’s new play, The Nether. The artwork explores the ways in which virtual environments can be the product of our activities in real life and considers the idea that the moral character of these online public spaces is ultimately dependent on how we create and interact with them.

    The realm is linked in real time to the Twitter hashtag #TheNether. Every time the hashtag is used on Twitter, new life is breathed into the world. When the hashtag is not in use the world slowly starts to decay.

    It’s up to you how beautiful or how dark the world becomes.

  • Prism

    Michael Takeo Magruder | March 17, 2014

    On 6 June 2013, journalists from the Guardian and Washington Post reported that the US National Security Agency (NSA) was undertaking a portfolio of clandestine mass surveillance programs on a scale reminiscent of George Orwell’s dystopian society of 1984. Their initiatives supposedly ranged from bulk collection of email and telephone records to infiltrating the data infrastructures of every leading internet company and service provider. These activities were not targeted at specific individuals or groups, but rather focused on compiling personal data from millions of unsuspecting citizens indiscriminately and without jurisdiction or oversight.

    PRISM is a digital installation by artist Michael Takeo Magruder reflecting on these revelations and the person who brought this information to the public's attention, Edward Snowden. The project has been produced in collaboration with Headlong and the Cultural Institute at King's College London.

    Monday 15 – Saturday 29 March 2014
    Entrance Hall, King's College London, Strand Campus
    Free Entrance

    Monday 17 – Saturday 29 March 2014
    Entrance Hall, King's College London, Strand Campus
    Free Entrance

  • Symposium on Radical Adaptation

    In association with the Almeida Theatre and TAPRA | Feb. 15, 2014

    Saturday 15 February 2014
    Almeida Theatre

    Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan’s radical new adaptation of 1984 explores how Orwell’s novel is as applicable to the here and now as it ever was.

    Join the creators of 1984 and a panel of theatre experts to explore how the process of creating a truly successful adaptation is often a very different thing from delivering the version people expect.

  • On Being Patrick Bateman

    David Eldridge | Jan. 24, 2014

    In his original incarnation, Patrick Bateman is (literally) deadly dull.

    His life is hollow, defined by designer clothes, exclusive restaurants and elaborate personal grooming routines – all described in excruciatingly banal detail. Regarded by his own attorney as a “brown-nosed goody-goody,” Bateman strives so hard to fit in with his elitist Wall Street culture that he becomes totally indistinguishable from his arrogant yuppie peers.

    What should gain him a distinctive identity are his horrifically sadistic murderous activities. Yet ultimately, even these “mean nothing,” for, when Bateman confesses, nobody believes that he could even “pick up a call-girl, let alone chop her up.’” Indeed, the only place Bateman is cool and charismatic is in his own psychotic head, from which, in the first-person narration of Bret Easton Elllis’ novel, there is no exit.

  • Timeline of Financial Capitalism

    Sarah Grochala | Jan. 17, 2014

    An electronic stock market board. Photo: Katina Tuliao.

    What have the Big Bang, Clause IV and stagflation got to do with capitalism?


    Ben Kidd | Jan. 8, 2014

    Frank Wedekind wasn’t really a playwright. Of course that makes no sense, since he wrote a whole bunch of plays, but it does have a meaning and it is possibly helpful to remember when staging Spring Awakening.

  • Timeline of Industrial Capitalism

    Sarah Grochala | Dec. 20, 2013

    An oil well. Photo: John Hill.


    What have tea, oil and buttonwood trees got to do with capitalism?

  • Timeline of Mercantile Capitalism

    Sarah Grochala | Dec. 6, 2013

    A 16th Century Galleon. Artist: Pearson Scott Foresman


    What have tulips, puritans and galleons got to do with capitalism?

  • Dr Paolo Gerbaudo on Social Media and Political Activism

    Headlong and King's Cultural Institute | Nov. 12, 2013

    Dr Paolo Gerbaudo discusses the use of social media by political activists, including those involved in the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street. He also examines the ways in which social media can be used by the state as a tool of repression.

  • Ideology

    Sarah Grochala | Nov. 7, 2013

     Christopher Patrick Nolan, Richard Bremmer, Hara Yannas, Tim Dutton and Mark Arends in 1984. Photo: Tristram Kenton.


    Ideology shapes the way that we think and behave as members of society. An ideology is a set of conscious and unconscious ideas and beliefs that a group of people hold about the way that the world works. These ideas shape their sense of what is right and wrong. They shape their sense of what is normal and abnormal behaviour. They define their ambitions and their goals. At a deeper level, they shape their sense of reality.