The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus (1616 version)

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(4.2 stars; 16 reviews)

The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus, commonly referred to simply as Doctor Faustus, is a play by Christopher Marlowe, based on the Faust story, in which a man sells his soul to the devil for power and knowledge. Doctor Faustus was first published in 1604, eleven years after Marlowe's death and at least twelve years after the first performance of the play. "No Elizabethan play outside the Shakespeare canon has raised more controversy than Doctor Faustus. There is no agreement concerning the nature of the text and the date of composition... and the centrality of the Faust legend in the history of the Western world precludes any definitive agreement on the interpretation of the play. This recording uses the 1616 quarto, published by John Wright, which contains significant alterations from and additions to the quarto of 1604. The text of the first quarto was used for a previous Librivox recording. (Summary by Wikipedia and Algy Pug)

Chorus: Noel Badrian
Faustus: David Goldfarb
Mephistophilis: Adam Whybray
Wagner/Lucifer: Chuck Williamson
Valdes: Kevin Johnson
Cornelius/Bruno/Vintner/Martino: Wupperhippo
Good Angel: April Gonzales
Evil Angel/Sloth: Caprisha Page
Clown/Covetousness/Robin/Emperor Charles V: Alan Mapstone
First Scholar/Lechery/Hostess: Lauren Burwell
Second Scholar/First Soldier: Tiffany Halla Colonna
Third Scholar/Dick: Elizabeth Klett
Beelzebub: Miss Avarice
Pride/Archbishop of Rheims/Second Soldier/Servant/Old Man/Narrator: Algy Pug
Envy: Kristingj
Wrath: Rhonda Federman
Gluttony/Raymond/Duke of Saxony: Charlotte Duckett
Pope: Martin Geeson
Cardinal of France: Readalot
Friar: Liberty Stump
Frederick: Anna Simon
Benvolio: Cliff Thompson
Horse courser/Carter: Phil Benson
Duke of Vanholt/Cardinal of Padua: John Trevithick
Duchess of Vanholt: Duan

Audio edited by Algy Pug (2 hr 18 min)


Dramatis Personae & Act 1 17:50 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Act 2 21:20 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Act 3 37:15 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Act 4 38:45 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Act 5 23:14 Read by LibriVox Volunteers


Interesting story

(3 stars)

I would like to see this performed in person.


(5 stars)

Not just a tale or a play, but a lesson.