Doctor Faustus sits in her Wittenberg study, restless for knowledge and frustrated with the limitations of conventional scholarship. Coveting fame and power, she conjures the menacing demon, Mephistopheles, who offers Faustus a deal: in exchange for twenty-four years of supreme power and service from the demon, Faustus must sacrifice her immortal soul to a fiery Hell.

The Devil’s deal is signed in blood and Faustus’ powers elevate her to unrivalled notoriety as she travels the world performing wonders. Yet as time ticks on and Faustus’ final hour of reckoning approaches, the true cost of her bargain becomes an all too certain reality.

Catch Pauline McLynn as Mephistopheles in ‘Doctor Faustus’ in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at the Globe until 2nd February.