Professor James Shapiro re-examines the work of Shakespeare during King James I's reign.

Type: Documentary

Languages: English

Status: Ended

Runtime: 60 minutes

Premier: 2012-04-23

The King and the Playwright: A Jacobean History - Doctor Faustus (play) - Netflix

The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus, commonly referred to simply as Doctor Faustus, is an Elizabethan tragedy by Christopher Marlowe, based on German stories about the title character Faust, that was first performed sometime between 1588 and Marlowe's death in 1593. Two different versions of the play were published in the Jacobean era, several years later. The powerful effect of early productions of the play is indicated by the legends that quickly accrued around them—that actual devils once appeared on the stage during a performance, “to the great amazement of both the actors and spectators”, a sight that was said to have driven some spectators mad.

The King and the Playwright: A Jacobean History - Quotations - Netflix

Faustus includes a well-known speech addressed to the summoned shade of Helen of Troy, in Act V, scene I. The following is from the Gutenberg project e-text of the 1604 quarto (with footnotes removed). Faustus

This quote comes from a translation of Saint John Chrysostom, and implies that the fallen angel Mephistophilis has both a deep knowledge of and longing for God, whom he still rebels against.

The King and the Playwright: A Jacobean History - References - Netflix