Doctor Faustus

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The Tragicall History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus, commonly referred to simply as Doctor Faustus, is a play by Christopher Marlowe, based on the Faust story, in which a man sells his soul to the devil for power and knowledge.

The original text

Doctor Faustus was first published in 1604, eleven years after Marlowe's death and at least twelve years after the first performance of the play.

See also Faust by Goethe.

Published by

Performance history in South Africa

First produced in South Africa in 18**?*

Directed by Norman Coombes for PACT, 1972.

Translations and adaptations

Translated into Afrikaans by ** and produced in 19**

An Afrikaans performance of Marlowe’s play (scenes from it purposely translated in a clumsy, ponderous way), forms the climactic event in André, Temple Hauptfleisch’s play about the seduction of an actor’s soul.


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