“This explosive production is certainly in keeping with this dynamic company’s bombastic visual flair”
Honour Bayes – Whatsonstage.com

“Thrilling aerial staging… What’s rare and great is the marriage of script and spectacle.”
Time Out

“This show has everything a successful and memorable piece of theatre needs”
I.Þ. – MBL –  ***** 1/2

“Show of the week!”
Caroline McGinn – Time Out

FAUST inspired by Goethe

A Vesturport and Reykjavík City Theatre production
co-produced by Theatre im Pfalzbau
Directed by Gisli Örn Gardarsson

Iceland’s trailblazing Vesturport Theatre Company in co-production with the Reykjavik City Theatre burst onto the Young Vic stage with a wildy inventive new production. Co-written and directed by Gísli Örn Garðarsson (Romeo and Juliet, Young Vic; Woyzeck, Young Vic/Barbican; Metamorphosis, Lyric Hammersmith and UK tour) with music by world renowned musicians Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, this is a thrilling, circus-inspired UK premiere.
The universal tale of a man selling his soul to the devil has never been imagined quite like this before.
Loud, fast, explosive, poetic and acrobatic, Vesturport’s Faust is hilarious and terrifying with a score ranging from devilish glam-rock to soulful ballads.
Musician and songwriter Nick Cave is best known as front man of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.  He has collaborated with the accomplished violinist and composer Warren Ellis for fifteen years.  The duo composed the scores for Vesturport’s Metamorphosis and Woyzeck as well as film soundtracks for The Road, The Proposition and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.

Running time:  2 hours with interval


Bjorn Hlynur Haraldsson / Thorsteinn Gunnarsson

Nina Dogg Filippusdottir

Vikingur Kristjansson

Hanna Maria Karlsdottir

Thorsteinn Gunnarsson / Bjorn Hlynur Haraldsson

Hilmir Snaer Gudnason

Valentin, Greta’s brother
Runar Freyr Gislason

Unnur Osp Stefansdottir

Johannes Niels Sigurdsson

Svava Bjorg Orlygsdottir

Creative Team

Gisli Örn Gardarsson

Written by
Bjorn Hlynur Haraldsson
Gisli Örn Gardarsson
Nina Dogg Filippusdottir
Vikingur Kristjansson
Carl Grose.

Music by
Nick Cave
Warren Ellis

Set designer
Axel Johannesson

Costume designer
Filippia I. Elisdottir

Lighting designer
Thordur Orri Petursson.

Sound design by
Thorbjorn Knudsen
Frank Hall

Make up designer
Sigriður Rosa Bjarnadottir

Grímur Bjarnason

Dyri Jonsson


Reykjavik, Iceland
Reykjavik City Theatre Premiere 15th January – 29th May 2010

London, UK
Young Vic London Opening night September 25th – 30 October 2010
Press night 1st October
Part of Young Vic 40th anniversary season.

Germany, Ludwigshafen
Theater im Pfalzbau Schauspiel 10-11th Desember 2010

Reykjavik, Iceland
Reykjavik City Theatre January 6th – June 9th 2011

St. Petersburg, Russia
Molodezhny theatre 15th April 2011
XII Europe Prize New Theatrical Realities

Seoul, South Korea
LG Arts Center 27 – 30 October 2011

Jinju, South Korea
Gyeongnam Art Center 4th – 5th November 2011

New York, USA
BAM Harvey Theater, 12th – 16th December 2012
Part of the Next Wave Festival 2012