Review Round-up: Faust Goes Circus at Young Vic
An adaptation of the Goethe's classic tale, following protagonist Faust who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for unlimited knowledge and worldly pleasure, the story been re-worked infusing circus performance with the theatrical.
It’s co-written and directed by Gísli Örn Garðarsson, with music by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, who have all previously collaborated on Romeo and Juliet and Woyzeck (both also for the Young Vic, the latter during its Walkabout season at the Barbican) and Metamorphosis (Lyric Hammersmith). Among the Icelandic cast are Thorsteinn Gunnarsson as the old Faust, Unnur Osp Stefansdottir as Greta and Hilmir Snaer Gudnason as Mefisto.
Did this circus spectacle leave the critics doing tricks?
- Rosie Kaloki