Jude Law (pictured) returned last night to the sell-out production of Dr Faustus at London's Young Vic. As reported last week, the actor withdrew on Wednesday following a knee injury, forcing the cancellation of five performances through to this past Saturday night.

All theatregoers who had tickets for the missed performances have been offered tickets on alternative dates. Given the full houses – which sold out weeks ahead of the opening night on 18 March (previews from 7 March) – this has necessitated a week-long extension to the limited season. Originally booking to 27 April, Dr Faustus will not continue until 4 May 2002.

Law plays the title role in Christopher Marlowe's 16th-century morality tale about the man who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for knowledge, wealth and power. Also in the cast are Richard McCabe, Annette Badland, David Fielder, Bohdan Poraj, Tom Smith and Ofo Uhiara.

Dr Faustus is directed by David Lan and designed by Richard Hudson, with music by Murray Gold, lighting by Matthew Richardson, sound by Crispian Covell and choreography by Kate Flatt.

The play is a co-production between the Young Vic and Natural Nylon Theatre, formed last year by Law with fellow actors Ewan McGregor, Johnny Lee Miller, Sean Pertwee and Law's wife Sadie Frost as a spin-off of their existing film production company. This is the first Natural Nylon stage project; others planned include an adaptation of Chekhov's Three Sisters, written by Christopher Hampton and directed by Sean Matthias, and The Collector, adapted by Mark Healy from the novel by John Fowles and directed by Mark Clements.

- by Terri Paddock