Elizabethan Tragedy Attracts Capacity Audiences
3rd February 2020

The dark, intense world of Doctor Faustus played to capacity audiences this week at Gordon’s School to rave reviews.

‘…Excellent collaboration of the arts’; ‘Fantastic’ and ‘Amazing show, such talent’ where just some of the comments made of the play, which as well as featuring an all-student cast, included a production team almost entirely made up of students.

Drama is an integral part of life at Gordon’s. It is studied as part of the curriculum by all students in Years 7, 8 and 9 and as an optional GCSE and A Level subject. Some 60 auditions were held in July with Ben Cody, the lead as Doctor Faustus, flying in from Oman to take part. Rehearsals began in earnest from September with students and staff giving up weekends and evenings.

Written by Christopher Marlowe, Doctor Faustus is an Elizabethan tragedy about a German scholar who turns to magic and sells his soul to the devil after believing he has learnt everything he can from conventional academics.

Director Robbie Olden, who studied Doctor Faustus at A Level as a student at Gordon’s commented: “It was always going to be challenging for myself as well as the students due to its ambitious and eccentric content. But, as always, the cast have more than matched my ambition and have thrown themselves into the rehearsal process to make this show as good as it possibly can be”.

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