It's difficult to find love when you're a serial killer - when Charlie meets the girl of his dreams, he has to keep that slight flaw a secret from her. Will true love win the day? Or will ... See full summary »
In a 'steam punked' 1940s London, a long term 'spike victim' is injured, his implant failing. The spy who put it there has in the meantime fallen in love for real. She chooses to betray her mission and save her lover, but once he knows the truth about their deception, can he ever forgive her, let alone love her?
Amy Beth Hayes,
Shipwrecked twins are lost among love-sick aristocrats, unruly servants, mischievous pleasure seekers, clowns, and a puritan. With music as the bittersweet "food of love," all converge and conspire in this comic journey.
Christopher Marlowe, a contemporary of Shakespeare, and the playwright responsible for Dr Faustus, having written many a bloody tragedy, had a tragic and bloody finale of his own when he was murdered in a bar room brawl, having been stabbed above his eye by Ingram Frizer. See more »
I've been to Shakespeare's Globe - it's fun and if you can get there it's certainly worth doing. If you can't get there, this provides the next best thing: the stage production filmed in a way that does its very best to capture the experience of watching the live performance although of course nothing is quite like being packed in with other audience members and potentially participating in some of the action (various things, including an extracted tooth, get thrown from the stage and with the way the Globe works, there's nowhere for them to go but into the audience!).
Paul Hilton as Faustus and Arthur Darvill as Mephistopheles both give sound performances and deliver the text as if they mean it - no mean feat with Elizabethan blank verse that can prove tricky to modern ears. There are some nice set pieces and the "special effects" are in keeping with feel of the Globe - great use of costumes, make-up and puppets to provide a sometimes surprisingly disturbing vision of hell. The odd modern quirk (a helium balloon, for example) adds to the tongue-in-cheek feel of the humour.
And there is humour - despite being a bleak piece overall as one man sells his soul to the Devil and then fails to find redemption, Christopher Marlowe was a man who knew the audience of the day so there are plenty of humorous interludes. Darvill brings a sardonic touch to Mephistopheles that makes the darkness at his core all the more disturbing.
If you're used to the very naturalistic approach of modern drama, this might feel like a bit of a stretch but as a slice of Elizabethan drama, presented in a theatre that comes as close to an original as modern health and safety allows, it's certainly worth an evening's viewing.
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