The Devil always turns out to be the person you least suspect – like The Simpson’s Ned Flanders – but in this case it is Arthur Darvill who is about to play Mephistopheles, the human servant of all evil, in Matthew Dunster’s production of Christopher Marlowe’s Dr. Faustus at Shakespeare’s Globe.
It reall is one hell of a role! (Fnaarr! – Ed)
Arthur has taken time out of rehersals to chat to the BBC about finally being able to talk about just who River Song is (SPOILERS!)
“My mum sent me a text straight after the episode saying: ‘Does this mean I’m Alex Kingston’s grandmother?’”
Unlike Dr. Faustus, Darvill didn’t have to sell his soul to find out before hand but had to remain tight lipped or face the wrath of Moffhistopheles and those ultimate agents of evil, the BBC Publicity department:
“I forget what I can and can’t talk about, so I end up talking about nothing for hours – which has become quite a skill.”
Perhaps not the best opening gambit to an interview but he’s Rory the Roman so we’ll let him off. Darvill was also quick to praise those members of the press who kept stum during the build up to River’s big reveal:
“I suppose it’s testament to the show that people care about it so much. I’m so excited the second half of the series that’s coming up – what Steven [Moffat] has done is something quite brilliant – it’s really going to surprise people.”
To hear about Darvill’s puppet based childhood and his thoughts on Marlowe’s seminal work head over to the BBC.
Tickets for Darvill’s demon run are available from The Globe website.