Faustus: That Damned Woman

Chris Bush

Anna Marsland

The Carne Studio Theatre, LAMDA

Thursday 10 February at 7:45pm
Friday 11 February at 2:15pm
Saturday 12 February at 7:45pm
Monday 14 February at 2:15pm
Tuesday 15 February at 7:45pm*

*The 7:45pm performance on 15 February was a relaxed performance. Find out more.

About the show

'In this radical reimagining of Marlowe's classic cautionary tale, Johanna Faustus makes the ultimate sacrifice and sells her soul to wrestle control of her own destiny. She travels through time and changes the course of human history, but can she escape eternal damnation?'

The running time is over 2 hours plus an interval.

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Chris Bush is a playwright, lyricist and theatre-maker. Her plays include: Hungry (Paines Plough, 2021); Faustus: That Damned Woman (Headlong, Lyric Hammersmith & Birmingham Rep, 2020); The Last Noël (Old Fire Station, Oxford, 2019); The Changing Room (National Theatre Connections, 2018); Steel (Sheffield Theatres, 2018); an adaptation of Pericles (National Theatre, London, 2018); The Assassination of Katie Hopkins, written with Matt Winkworth (Theatr Clwyd, 2018); What We Wished For and A Dream.

'Chris Bush's devilishly provocative play is inspired by the works of Marlowe, Goethe and other versions of the Faust myth – and explores what women must sacrifice to achieve greatness, and the legacies that are left behind'.

Training: MFA Theatre Directing, Birkbeck College.

Directing Credits include: Cymbeline; Parliament Square; Constellations; The Heresy of Love (LAMDA); Icarus (Nottingham Playhouse); The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart (New Vic Theatre); The Blue Bird (Theatre503/Tour); Ballistic (King’s Head Theatre); Tomorrow Creeps (VAULT Festival); Macbeths; I Know You Of Old (Hope Theatre); Horniman’s Choice (Finborough Theatre); and Twelfth Night (Manchester Victoria Baths).

Associate Director Credits include: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (National Theatre UK Tour and UK Schools Tour).

Resident/Assistant Director Credits include: Driving Miss Daisy (Theatre Royal Bath/Tour); The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Gielgud Theatre); The White Devil and The Roaring Girl (RSC Swan); Hope Light and Nowhere (Edinburgh Underbelly); A Christmas Carol (New Vic Theatre); Lady Windermere’s Fan; Miss Julie; The Gatekeeper; Beautiful Thing; Good (Royal Exchange); and Othello (Rose Bankside).

Readings and Workshops: Puddles (London College of Music); Is He Earnest? (Clapham Omnibus); Sharks are Terrorists (Southwark Playhouse); Young Girl (Theatre Royal Haymarket); The Loophole (Park Theatre); The Breathing Hole (Finborough Theatre); What You Will (Actors Church); Dream (Stanley Halls); One For All (Finborough Theatre); My Heart’s A Suitcase and Tristan and Iseult (Royal Exchange).

Contains themes of an adult nature and some scenes that audiences may find distressing, including death, sexual assault, violence and misogyny, and scenes with flashing lights.

Creative Team

Anna Marsland

Assistant Director
Max Griggs

Valentine Gigandet

Movement Director
Sophie Shaw

Lighting Designer
Tom McCreadie

Sound Designer
Marie Zschommler

Vocal Coach
Katie Heath


Violet / Marie
Elinor Crawley

Johanna Faustus
Abbey Gillett

Katherine / Doctor Garrett / Isabel
Alina Lew

Ashley O’Brien

Cornelia / Jenny / Alice
Kathrine Payne

Thomas / Lucifer
Peik Sirén

Newbury / Judge / Pierre
George Solomou

Production Team

Stage Manager on the Book
Ewen Roberts

Technical Stage Manager
Lily O’Connor

Production Manager
Claudia Penna Rojas

Carne Technical Stage Manager
James Imber

Chief LX
Lucas Harle

Production Carpenter
Harry Masters

Production Sound Engineer
Sam Tate
Finn Mcguigan-Beirne