The Sorrows of Satan

It’s an age old dilemma: how much is too much when it comes to sponsors or patrons wanting changes to a creative work? It’s this question that forms the basis of The Sorrows of Satan, a new musical at Tristan Bates Theatre based on Marie Corelli’s 1895 Faustian bestseller of the same name. Written by Luke Bateman and Michael Conley, the play focuses on a pretentious musical playwright, Geoffrey Tempest (played by Simon Willmont). Down on his luck and desperate for success, Tempest is introduced to patron Prince Lucio Rimânez who demands significant rewrites to his play. The hashtag being used to promote the play on twitter is #sellyoursoul so you can probably guess what happens next… Directed by Adam Lenson, a recipient of the Kevin Spacey Foundation Artist of Choice award, this is a hysterical, laugh-out-loud comedy and with a cast of just 4, set in one of London’s most compact theatres, it too is living proof that bigger isn’t always better.

The Sorrows of Satan (until March 25), Tristan Bates Theatre, Seven Dials London, 1A Tower St, London WC2H 9NP (020 3841 6611); @TristanBates

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