Elizabethan tragedy attracts capacity audiences at Gordon's

The dark, intense world of Doctor Faustus played to capacity audiences this week at Gordon’s School to rave reviews.

Magic and murder as Doctor Faustus comes to Gordon's.
Magic and murder as Doctor Faustus comes to Gordon's.

31st January 2020 — The dark, intense world of Doctor Faustus played to capacity audiences this week at Gordon’s School to rave reviews.

‘…Excellent collaboration of the arts’; ‘Fantastic’ and ‘Amazing show, such talent’ where just some of the comments made of the play, which as well as featuring an all-student cast, included a production team almost entirely made up of students.

Drama is an integral part of life at Gordon’s. It is studied as part of the curriculum by all students in Years 7, 8 and 9 and as an optional GCSE and A Level subject. Some 60 auditions were held in July with Ben Cody, the lead as Doctor Faustus, flying in from Oman to take part. Rehearsals began in earnest from September with students and staff giving up weekends and evenings.

Written by Christopher Marlowe, Doctor Faustus is an Elizabethan tragedy about a German scholar who turns to magic and sells his soul to the devil after believing he has learnt everything he can from conventional academics.

Director Robbie Olden, who studied Doctor Faustus at A Level as a student at Gordon’s commented: “It was always going to be challenging for myself as well as the students due to its ambitious and eccentric content. But, as always, the cast have more than matched my ambition and have thrown themselves into the rehearsal process to make this show as good as it possibly can be”.

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Doctor Faustus is made invisible and plays tricks on the Pope at his celebratory banquet.

About Gordon's School

Offering a non-selective, co-educational day and residential boarding, Gordon’s School is recognised by HM Chief Inspector of Schools as one of Britain’s most outstanding schools and ranked in the top one per cent for achievement at A Level.

Built by public subscription over a century ago at the insistence of Queen Victoria, Gordon’s School is the national monument to General Charles Gordon of Khartoum.

While Gordon’s School embraces modern ideas, General Gordon’s legacy of traditional values remains. The School’s ethos is that high performance without good character is not true success.

To this end, it’s not just in the classrooms where students excel (90 per cent achieve A*-C Grades at A Level and 92 per cent more than five GCSEs between A*-C including English and Maths), successes are achieved in drama and the arts; debating and public speaking; dance and sport. The School also boasts an enviable record in attaining Duke of Edinburgh awards.

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