Simon Evans to Direct Chris Thorpe's New Version of Doctor Faustus, HANNAH, Running at Unicorn Theatre, Feb 8-March 9

A Unicorn production, HANNAH by Chris Thorpe, will be directed by Simon Evans and designed by Ben Stones with lighting by David W Kidd and sound by Ed Lewis, and projection design by Andreji Goulding. The show runs Saturday 8 February to Sunday 9 March 2014.


"The world gives you a prize, take it and run

Some competition you've not entered, yet

You scoop the loot and claim the mountain-top

Who cares you have to give some small thing up?"

Simon Evans directs maverick theatre maker Chris Thorpe's new play Hannah, a poetically lyrical and playful reworking of Doctor Faustus about a young girl, her scientist mother and a mischievous lizard called Dave.

Hannah gets frustrated with the little things and wishes she had control; her mum on the other hand is out at work trying to save the world. But then Hannah's life is turned upside down and there are some very big decisions to be made. How far should she go to save the world?

Taking inspiration from Marlowe's classic, Thorpe's play brings magic to modern life and takes the audience on a mesmerizing and vertiginous journey that examines the lure of power, control and choice, appearance and reality.

Using video projections, this new adaptation will transport audience members to the outer realms of Hannah's imagination. The production will also feature magic and illusion, drawing on Simon Evans' experience as a magician.

The cast is Kae Alexander as Hannah, Irma Inniss as Mum, Ian Keir Attard as Dave and Rhys Rusbatch as the Narrator.

Chris Thorpe is a writer, performer and theatre maker. He was a founder member of Unlimited Theatre and still works and tours with the company. He is also an Artistic Associate of live art/theatre company Third Angel. His credits include There Has Possibly Been An Incident (Edinburgh/Soho); I Wish I Was Lonely (Edinburgh/tour), Dead End (mala voadora), The Oh Fuck Moment (Edinburgh Fringe/Tour), Come To Where I'm From (Paines Plough) and Here I am (West Yorkshire Playhouse).

Simon Evans directs. His credits include The Silence of the Sea (Donmar/Trafalgar Studios), The Duchess of Malfi (Old Vic), Thom Pain (The Print Room), Madness in Valencia (Trafalgar Studios), Skyscraper (Public Theatre New York) and The Speed Twins (Riverside Studios).

Hannah is part of the Unicorn's programme of work, which looks at new ways of unlocking established works for a younger audience. This season has also featured Othello the Remix, Ignace Cornelissen's Henry the Fifth and Chaucer's The Pardoner's Tale.

Hannah (ages 11+) will play the Unicorn Theatre, 147 Tooley Street, London SE1 2HZ. For tickets and more information, visit or call the Box Office: 020 7645 0560. All shows: Adults £16; Concessions £13; Under 21s £10; Previews All tickets £10; Groups of 10+ Every eleventh ticket free; Disabled customers May bring 1 free carer.

MULTI-BUY SEASON OFFER: 10% OFF when you book for two shows; 15% OFF when you book for three shows. (Must be booked together; cannot be used in conjunction with another offer; subject to availability). FAMILY TICKET: 20% OFF when you buy 4 tickets. (Must include at least one Under 21 ticket). SCHOOLS: £10 (1 teacher goes free for every 10 students paid).

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