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Faustian Pack

April 2014

As David McVicar's production of Gounod's opera Faust returns to the Royal Opera House we explore the fascination of the Faust legend for artists.

We ask why this is such a powerful story in two new commissions for The Royal Opera, a very special event with author Hilary Mantel and many more elements yet to be announced.


Through His Teeth

3–11 April 2014
Luke Bedford and playwright David Harrower's new opera is a warped retelling of the Faust legend.

The Crackle

5–12 April 2014
Pioneering sound artist Matthew Herbert adapts the Faust legend for The Royal Opera in the Linbury Studio Theatre.

Insights: Faust

6 April 2014
Man Booker Prize-winning author Hilary Mantel (Wolf Hall, Bring up the Bodies) explores the nature of the modern pact with the devil, and how we can recognize him when he visits us.

Ruth Padel

Poet and author Ruth Padel will join rehearsals and performances for the Faustian Pack series in March and April 2014 as The Royal Opera's first Writer in Residence.

Street Stories

3 May 2014

Thirty young East Londoners perform new interpretations of Faust, created by emerging artists: choreographer Hannah Anderson-Ricketts, composer Alex Groves and designer Kelli Des Jarlais.


4–25 April 2014
David McVicar’s spectacular production of Gounod’s grand opera is set in decadent 1870s Paris.

News and features

  1. 6 June 2019

    The Royal Opera to tour to Japan in September 2019

    The Company will stage Faust and Otello in Tokyo and Yokohama.

  2. 30 April 2019

    Your Reaction: What did you think of Gounod's Faust live in cinemas?

    David McVicar's production starring Michael Fabiano, Irina Lungu and Erwin Schrott was relayed live to cinemas around the world.

  3. 12 April 2019

    Your Reaction: What did you think of The Royal Opera's Faust?

    Audience and press reviews of Gounod's popular opera, directed by David McVicar.