Episode 1 of 2

Listen at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b064m902

Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, translated by John R. Williams, with Samuel West as Faust, Toby Jones as Mephistopheles, Anna Maxwell Martin as Gretchen and Derek Jacobi as The Lord. Adapted and directed by David Timson, with music composed by Roger Marsh.

Von Goethe's Faust, one of the pillars of Western literature, is presented in a dramatisation by David Timson. In Part 1, following an agreement between Mephistopheles and The Lord, the scholar Faust is tempted into a contract with the Devil. His life is changed and he plunges into the enjoyment of sensuality until his emotions are stirred by a meeting with Gretchen, leading to a tragic outcome. Funny, reflective and moving, this dramatisation shows why Goethe's Faust had such a massive influence on Western culture.

Musicians: The 24, directed by the composer with Peyee Chen (soprano) Georgina Wells (harp) and Mark Hutchinson (oboe)
Sound Design and Additional Music by Norman Goodman.
An Ukemi Production for Radio 3.





Johann von Goethe


Samuel West


Toby Jones


Anna Maxwell Martin

The Lord

Derek Jacobi

Wagner (Faust's assistant)

Stephen Critchlow


Joannah Tincey

Valentin (Gretchen's brother)

Peter Kenny

Earth Spirit

Sean Barrett


Roger Marsh


Norman Goodman


David Timson


David Timson


Nicolas Soames

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