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Current and Forthcoming Renaissance Drama Productions in the UK

 January 2020 onwards

All the productions that we know about from the current month onwards are included in this list.

New indicates that a production has been added to the list this month.
indicates that the information has been changed or expanded this month.

[P] indicates a professional production.
[A] indicates an amateur production.

Dr. Faustus by Christopher Marlowe


Splendid Productions. The Blake Theatre, Monmouth, 28 January 2020 (01600 719401). Splendid Productions present a new creative adaptation of an all-time classic. The brilliant scholar Dr Faustus uses his fabulous intellect to summon the actual devil to grant his every wish! But the devil has a price: it will cost Faustus his soul. Is this the best deal in history – absolutely everything for absolutely nothing? Or… is it perhaps the other way round…? Splendid’s devilish cast of three pack a timeless tale into a thrilling hour of laughter, music, magic and amazement. Morality meets mortality in this ingenious reinvention of an Elizabethan drama that couldn’t be more contemporary. [P]


Faustus: That Damned Woman by Chris Bush

Directed by Caroline Byrne. Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, London, 22 January – 22 February (020 8741 6850); Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Birmingham, 26 February – 7 March (0121 236 4455); Bristol Old Vic, Bristol 10 - 21 March (0117 987 7877); Northern Stage, Newcastle upon Tyne, 31 March – 4 April (0191 230 5151). My name is Johanna Faustus. I was born almost four hundred years ago. I gave my soul to achieve the impossible. I watched this city grow sick and I swore to heal it. I might be damned, but I would save the world to spite the Devil. Award-winning playwright Chris Bush reimagines the Faust myth to explore what we must sacrifice to achieve greatness, and the legacy that we leave behind. Caroline Byrne directs this radical new work in which the iconic character of Faustus becomes a woman who makes the ultimate sacrifice in order to traverse centuries and change the course of history.

The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster

Almeida Theatre, London, 2 December – 18 January 2020 (020 7359 4404) [P]

The Revenger’s Tragedy by Thomas Middleton

Cheek by Jowl Theatre Company and Piccolo Teatro di Milano Theatre Company. Directed by Declan Donnellan. The Barbican, London, 4 – 7 March 2020 (0845 120 7550). Performed in Italian with surtitles. [P]

Volpone by Ben Jonson

Tangle Theatre Company. Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, 16 – 18 April 2020 (024 7655 3055) [P]

Women Beware Women by Thomas Middleton

Shakespeare's Globe, London. Directed by Amy Hodge. 21 February 2020 - 18 April (020 7401 9919). [P]



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