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A devil of a strong winter season can be all yours – five plays starting with Doctor Faustus

Published on August 27th 2010.

Win season tickets for the Royal Exchange

Mephistopheles would be proud of this temptation. The good news is that you don’t have to lose your soul if you can’t resist it - just a few minutes filling in the form below.

The play is addled with famous lines. Get it right and it’s an entrancing and mesmerising work full of beautiful and terrifying language. At Confidential we can’t wait to review the piece.

We have three pairs of Monday to Thursday Season Tickets to give away. That’s for a full programme of all five plays in the main theatre (not the Studio). This adds up to a total value of £104 per ticket.

The programme for the Royal Exchange is a belter this time as well and starts off with a classic: Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus.

Marlowe was a contemporary of Shakespeare, born the same year, but dying early after a fight in a Deptford pub led to him being knifed in the eye. It’s easy to see how Marlowe’s work reflected his turbulent life - a manic life which resulted in this terrible death.

In Faustus Marlowe dramatises the fable of the professor who in his pursuit of wisdom and power sells his soul to the devil. It’ll be interesting to see how director Toby Frow copes with Faustus’s raising from the dead of Helen of Troy and others, ‘was this the face that launched a thousand ships’ as Marlowe writes. Or how he handles the doctor’s demise, ‘See, see where Christ's blood streams in the firmament! One drop would save my soul—half a drop! Ah, my Christ’.

The play is addled with famous lines. Get it right and it’s an entrancing and mesmerising work full of beautiful and terrifying language. At Confidential we can’t wait to review the piece.

The season continues with Henrik Ibsen’s though-provoking The Lady from the Sea - adapted by David Eldridge from a literal translation by Charlotte Barslund - which plays from Wednesday 13 October to Saturday 6 November 2010.

Following this, founding Royal Exchange Artistic Director, Braham Murray directs one of the greatest of all Greek tragedies, The Bacchae by Euripides which occupies the theatre from Wednesday 10 November to Saturday 4 December 2010.

Christmas at the Exchange sees a new production of Harold Brighouse’s satirical Lancashire comedy ZACK from Wednesday 8 December 2010 to Saturday 22 January 2011.

Completing the season guest director Matthew Dunster takes the helm for the world premiere of Mogadishu by Vivienne Franzmann from Wednesday 26 January to Saturday 19 February 2011.

It’s a strong line-up of plays. Worth taking time out to indulge yourself with live theatre at its powerhouse best, even if you don’t pick up our prize of three pairs of complete season tickets.

But you never know - so to apply for the tickets click here.

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Thank you for your interest, but this competition closed to further entries on January 1st 2010.

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