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.

Credits

Role

Contributor

Author

Johann von Goethe

Faust

Samuel West

Mephistopheles

Toby Jones

Gretchen

Anna Maxwell Martin

The Lord

Derek Jacobi

Wagner (Faust's assistant)

Stephen Critchlow

Martha

Joannah Tincey

Valentin (Gretchen's brother)

Peter Kenny

Earth Spirit

Sean Barrett

Composer

Roger Marsh

Composer

Norman Goodman

Director

David Timson

Adaptor

David Timson

Producer

Nicolas Soames

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