University of Chester Theatre Society presents Doctor Faustus

Posted on 5th March 2018

The University of Chester’s Theatre Society is performing Christopher Marlowe’s play, Doctor Faustus, this week (on March 7, 9 and 10) at the University of Chester’s Parkgate Road Campus.

Director, Jessica Allerton, and Co-Director, Lucy Whitfield.
Director, Jessica Allerton, and Co-Director, Lucy Whitfield.

Doctor Faustus is a famous play about a scholar whose work has begun to bore him, leading him to experiment with magic and necromancy. After summoning a devil called Mephistophilis to do his bidding while he lives, in exchange Faustus agrees to let him take his soul to hell once he dies.

This particular production of Doctor Faustus will feature a female Lucifer, with a Day of the Dead theme as inspiration for music, costumes and the set. The Day of the Dead is a Mexican and Central American festival that celebrates the life of those who have passed away.

Jessica Allerton, Director of the student production, said: “It’s been a pleasure directing the Theatre Society's production of Doctor Faustus. I've learnt so much and feel so proud of what the other actors and I have achieved in the past few months. There have been many challenges along the way, but I'm positive the performance will look just as amazing as planned. Expect some jokes, serious tones, and a few surprises along the way! I hope everyone enjoys watching it as much as I will.”

Dr Graham Atkin, Senior Lecturer in the Department of English at the University, who is supporting the production, said: “'I do hope as many students, staff and members of the public as possible are able to come to our Parkgate Road Campus and see this talented group of students perform the fascinating play.”

The Theatre Society was set up three years ago, after students were inspired when Dr Graham Atkin organised a performance of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. There was no other society who performed without the requirement to sing or dance at the time.

The Theatre Society has also performed Shakespeare’s Macbeth and A Midsummer Night's Dream. For the latter, the society was awarded the Inaugural Society Event of the Year award and has since raised over £2,400 for mental health charity, MIND.

Doctor Faustus begins at 7.30pm in Beswick Building, Room 017 on the Parkgate Road Campus on March 7, 9 and 10. Doors open at 7pm.

Tickets are available on the door, costing £3 (for student concessions) and £5. Tickets can also be purchased online: