Faust

Goethe’s masterpiece and perhaps the greatest work in German literature, Faust has made the legendary German alchemist one of the central myths of the Western world.

Play title:  Faust

Author (s):  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (translated by Peter Salm)

Publisher: Bantam Books

Publication Date: 1962

Genre: Drama (Tragedy)

Primary Discipline: Cosmology

Secondary Discipline: Medicine

Scientist (s):

Dr. John Faustus: An alchemist and astrologer who became part of a folk legend decades after his death

Source Texts: The Tragic History of Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe

Character Breakdown: 4 Men, 2 Women

Faust, Mephistopheles, Marthe, Valentin, Wagner, and Gretchen

Setting: Varies

Time Period: Varies

Synopsis of Play: Goethe’s masterpiece and perhaps the greatest work in German literature, Faust has made the legendary German alchemist one of the central myths of the Western world. Here indeed is a monumental Faust, an audacious man boldly wagering with the devil, Mephistopheles, that no magic, sensuality, experience, or knowledge can lead him to a moment he would wish to last forever. Here, in Faust, part 1, the tremendous versatility of Goethe’s genius creates some of the most beautiful passages in literature. Here too we experience Goethe’s characteristic humor, the excitement and the eroticism of the witches’ Walpurgis Night, and the moving emotion of Gretchen’s tragic fate. (play text cover blurb, Bantam Books).

First Performance Date: January 19th, 1829

First Producer: Court Theater

Performance History: Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was not intended to be performed because the play is meant to be deeply analyzed. However, on January 19th, 1829 at the Court Theater in Braunschweig the play premiered and lasted three and a half hours. The play has performed multiple times since but now tends to be performed in sections.  http://star-command.de/2017/01/19-januar-1829-urauffuehrung-von-goethes-faust-der-tragoedie-erster-teil/

Links:

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/oct/15/schumann-scenes-goethes-faust-harding-review

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/02/01/design-for-living-books-adam-kirsch

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/theatre-and-performance/theatre-reviews/faust-adaptation-injects-levity-at-expense-of-menacing-elements/article30824192/

Entered by: Meaghan Yesford

Photo/Visual Research with citations     

                          

2005, Edinburgh International Theatre Festival                      2005, Edinburgh International Theatre Festival Fringe                                              Fringe     

                             

June 2012, Theater Freiburg                                                      June 2012, Theater Freiburg

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