in Film & TV
by Rony Robinson
with music & lyrics by Mervyn Stutter.
musical direction by Gary Yershon,
directed by Jonathan Chadwick
Theatre Royal, Stratford East
The principle joy of this production was the wonderful James Hayes in the title role. He has since written an entertaining memoir about his half-century as a working actor called Shouting in the Evenings: 50 Years on the Stage.
Doctor Faustus has some great speeches, but the comic scenes, which were the ones I was mostly involved with, can be hard work. I remember struggling with the material. I assume the audience must have struggled, too.
This was the first of three plays I did at Chester with David Thacker, Chris Honer’s associate director. After a fifteen year gap, we were to encounter each other again at the Royal Shakespeare Company.