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Kit Harington to star on London's West End in Doctor Faustus

Kit Harington to star on London's West End in Doctor Faustus

Kit Harington will return to London's West End in a production of 'Doctor Faustus'.

The 'Game of Thrones' actor - most famous for playing Jon Snow in the HBO fantasy series - will take on the titular role from Christopher Marlowe's masterful tragedy from April 9 at the Duke of York's theatre.

It will be Kit's first stage role in six years and he is "hugely excited" about returning to the theatre.

In a statement, he said: "I have been away from the theatre for six years ... this felt like the perfect reason to come back. Faustus' journey is exhilarating and the idea of playing a magician - a showman - is hugely exciting."

The hunky actor previously appeared in 'War Horse' at the National Theatre and 'Posh' at the Royal Court.

Two acts written by Colin Teevan will be included in the new production, replacing the extant middle acts which are widely believed not to have been written by Marlowe.

And the 400-year-old play will be transported to a celebrity-obsessed society of greed and instant gratification, offering a fresh perspective that chimes with modern times.

Jamie Lloyd will be directing the show and is thrilled to have Kit, 29, as his leading man.

He said: "Kit Harington is one of the most dynamic young actors around and he's eager for a new challenge."

The production will be designed by Soutra Gilmour, with lighting by Jon Clark and music and sound by Ben and Max Ringham.

Further casting details are yet to be revealed.