By William Tydeman
This is often Michael Keefer's very good 1604 model of Marlowe's textual content. His creation reconstructs the Renaissance ideological options that formed and deformed healthcare professional Faustus, and the textual content is followed by means of collations, textual and explanatory notes, and excerpts from resources. The appendices contain variations from the 1616 textual content and excerpts from The background of . . . physician John Faustus, Henricus Cornelius Agrippa, and John Calvin.
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Douglas Jeffrey, courtesy of the Illustrated London News Picture Library. 5. Faustus (Ian McKellen) and the Good Angel, in John Barton's RSC production at the Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, 26 August 1974. © Donald Cooper. 6. Beelzebub (David Rappaport) and Mephostophilis (Patrick Magee) in Christopher Fettes's production at the Lyric Studio, Hammersmith, 25 February 1980. © Sunday Times. Part Two: Performance 49 sparked off a spate of revivals in the 1950s; the next significant performance came in March 1957, when an Oxford don, Nevill Coghill, directed the work for the Oxford University Dramatic Society, attempting to bring out the paradoxes in Faustus's psychology.
79-82] 3. The lines to Helen (xviii 99-118) are in little need oflaboured diagnosis: they constitute pure theatre poetry in which the evocative power of the verse is perfectly wedded to a visible form present on stage. From the opening line with its elaborate pattern of sibilants suggesting the hushed awe of the watching devotee, not daring to allow a harsh sound to pass his lips, to the second with its hard dental consonants as he moves to Helen's destructive potential, to line 3 with its dreamy 'make me immortal' culminating in the hard ok' of 'kiss' echoed by 'suck' in the next the entire speech illustrates the variety and pliability of Marlowe's blank verse at its best.
3. RSC Faustus (Paul Daneman) and Mephostophilis (Michael Goodliffe) at the Papal Court, in Michael Benthall's Old Vic production, 22 August 1961, first performed at the Edinburgh Festival. Courtesy of the Edinburgh Festival Organisation. 2. 4. Faustus (Eric Porter) menaced by the Seven Deadly Sins in Clifford Williams's RSC production, 27 June 1968. © Douglas Jeffrey, courtesy of the Illustrated London News Picture Library. 5. Faustus (Ian McKellen) and the Good Angel, in John Barton's RSC production at the Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, 26 August 1974.
Doctor Faustus: Text and Performance by William Tydeman