Faustus: That Damned Woman

22nd Jan 2020 - 4th Apr 2020

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16th Oct 2021 - 6th Nov 2021

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A man in flamboyant restoration dress sits on a chair. Someone has drawn a noose round his neck.

By Edward Bond. Directed by Rupert Goold.

In association with Bristol Old Vic.

18th century England and Lord Are is in need of a rich wife. Mr. Hardache’s daughter wants a title and a country estate. When her promised diamonds and parties never appear, the new Lady Are seeks revenge. Meanwhile below stairs, the servants are getting restless…

From the drawing room to death row, Edward Bond strips away the veneer of Restoration life and exposes the brutal truth beneath.

Dramatic, explosive and wickedly comic, Restoration is packed with rousing songs and biting satire. The team behind this summer’s Paradise Lost are proud to present the first national revival of this remarkable masterpiece from the man hailed by The Independent  as “the greatest living English playwright”.

Mark Lockyer (Theatre of Blood at the National, Twelfth Night at Bristol Old Vic) leads a talented company of actor/musicians. The production is directed by Rupert Goold, who recently worked with Patrick Stewart on The Tempest for the RSC, and boasts an original score from Olivier-nominated composer Adam Cork.

  • Here’s a fine how-d’ye-do. My Wife. Stretched out on the floor. With a hole in her breast. Before breakfast. How is a man to put a good face on that?
  • ★★★★ Frighteningly relevant, frighteningly good The Times
  • ★★★★ Goold’s beautifully conceived production The Guardian
  • ★★★★ richly entertaining Sunday Times