Wednesday 13 December 2017

Game of Thrones star Kit Harrington joins Rebellion writer Colin Teevan's new West End play

Actor Kit Harrington arrives on the red carpet for the 65th Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California, on September 22, 2013. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
Actor Kit Harrington arrives on the red carpet for the 65th Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California, on September 22, 2013. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Game of Thrones star Kit Harrington has signed up to play the lead role in Doctor Faustus on the West End.

The 16th century tragedy written by Christopher Marlowe will star Harrington as a magician who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for magical powers.

It is directed by Jamie Lloyd and features two new acts, written by RTE's Rebellion writer Colin Teevan, which chart Faustus' (rise to become a world-famous magician in a society obsessed with celebrity.

Harrington, best known for his role as Jon Snow in hit HBO series Game of Thrones told the BBC that he has been looking to return to theatre.

"I desperately wanted to do theatre in London," he said. "I've been doing a lot of screen work for a long time - so this was right time, right place, right people."

He said he sees Fuastus as a magician "in the vein of David Copperfield or David Blaine."

"In preparation I've been to see an old friend who's getting me au fait with the rules of magic," he added.

"The show is going to have a big fantastical element. It's wild and atmospheric. It's got some David Lynch influence behind it."

Much speculation surrounds the fate of Kit's character in the upcoming sixth season of Game of Thrones, although he has assured fans that Jon Snow is, indeed, dead.

However, he has been spotted filming for the current series in Belfast.

Doctor Faustus runs from April 9th to June 4 at Duke of York's Theatre, London.

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