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Jodie McNee and Danny Lee Wynter star in Faustus: That Damned Woman

Faustus: That Damned Woman

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

JODIE McNee in the title role of Johanna Faustus and Danny Lee Wynter as Mephistopheles will star in Faustus: That Damned Woman, a new play from award-winning playwright and theatre maker Chris Bush.

Directed by Caroline Byrne, the production will premiere at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre (January 22 to February 22) before playing at Birmingham Repertory Theatre (February 26 to March 7, 2020). It will then tour throughout the Spring visiting Bristol Old Vic, Leeds Playhouse and Northern Stage from March to April 2020.

This is the first work to be commissioned as part of Headlong and the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre’s long-term commitment to commissioning and producing work of scale by women playwrights.

Drawing on the works of Marlowe, Goethe, and other versions of the Faustus myth, Bush’s urgent reimagining asks what we must sacrifice to achieve greatness and the legacy that we leave behind.

Caroline Byrne directs this radical new work in which the iconic character of Faustus is reimagined as a woman who makes the ultimate sacrifice to traverse centuries and alter the course of history.

Jodie McNee is a critically acclaimed actress known for her work on stage and screen. Her extensive theatre credits include Venice Preserved, A Life of Galileo, Written on the Heart, Measure for Measure (RSC), Anatomy Of A Suicide (Royal Court Theatre), The Night Watch, Hamlet, Orpheus Descending, A Taste of Honey (Royal Exchange, Manchester); An Oak Tree, Our Country’s Good, Three Winters (National Theatre); Game (Almeida Theatre); Hobson’s Choice (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); Canary, When We Are Married, Twelfth Night (Liverpool Everyman Playhouse); The Empty Quarter (Hampstead Theatre); When We are Married (West End); and The Frontline, King Lear (Shakespeare’s Globe).

McNee’s screen credits include Britannia series 1 and 2, Vera, Little Boy Blue, Ripper Street, Criminal Justice, Poirot and The Liverpool Nativity (TV); Judy, Official Secrets, Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool and The Physician (film). Her radio work includes Zola: Blood Season and With Great Pleasure.

Danny Lee Wynter is an actor known for his work across stage and screen. He is the founder of the campaign and charity Act For Change. His theatre credits include The Maids (HOME, Manchester), Cell Mates (Hampstead Theatre), Forty Years On (Chichester Festival Theatre), Deathwatch (The Print Room), The Glass Menagerie (Nuffield Southampton), Much Ado About Nothing (Old Vic), St John’s Night (Jermyn Street Theatre), The Miser (Manchester Royal Exchange), The Changing Room (Royal Court Theatre), Comus, Bedlam, Henry IV Part II, Henry IV Part 1, King Lear, The Frontline (Shakespeare’s Globe).

Wynter’s TV and film credits include the lead in Stephen Polaikoff’s Joe’s Palace and Capturing Mary, Luther, Hot Fuzz, Walliams and Friend, The Dreams of Bethany Mellmoth, Partners in Crime, Holby City, Mr Stink, Episodes, Beat Girl, Trial and Retribution and the forthcoming film Censor.

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