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Faust is tempted into a contract with the Devil. He plunges into the enjoyment of sensuality until his emotions are stirred by a meeting with Gretchen, leading to a tragic outcome.

by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, translated by John R. Williams, with Samuel West as Faust, Toby Jones as Mephistopheles, Anna Maxwell Martin as Gretchen and Derek Jacobi as The Lord. Adapted and directed by David Timson, with music composed by Roger Marsh.

Von Goethe's Faust, one of the pillars of Western literature, is presented in a dramatisation by David Timson. In Part 1, following an agreement between Mephistopheles and The Lord, the scholar Faust is tempted into a contract with the Devil. His life is changed and he plunges into the enjoyment of sensuality until his emotions are stirred by a meeting with Gretchen, leading to a tragic outcome. Funny, reflective and moving, this dramatisation shows why Goethe's Faust had such a massive influence on Western culture.

Musicians: The 24, directed by the composer with Peyee Chen (soprano) Georgina Wells (harp) and Mark Hutchinson (oboe)
Sound Design and Additional Music by Norman Goodman.
An Ukemi Production for Radio 3.

2 hours, 5 minutes

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Sun 2 Aug 2015 21:45

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Credits

Role Contributor
Author Johann von Goethe
Faust Samuel West
Mephistopheles Toby Jones
Gretchen Anna Maxwell Martin
The Lord Derek Jacobi
Wagner (Faust's assistant) Stephen Critchlow
Martha Joannah Tincey
Valentin (Gretchen's brother) Peter Kenny
Earth Spirit Sean Barrett
Composer Roger Marsh
Composer Norman Goodman
Director David Timson
Adaptor David Timson
Producer Nicolas Soames

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  • Sun 2 Aug 2015 21:45

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