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Game of Thrones stars support Kit Harington on London stage

Kit Harington hasn't had time to focus on the new season of Game of Thrones as he's been busy preparing for a London play run.

Kit Harington was joined by a host of Game of Thrones stars to celebrate the debut of his new play Doctor Faustus.

The play, which had its gala night performance at London's Duke of York's Theatre on Monday (25Apr16), sees the 29-year-old actor bloodied and almost naked as the title character in Christopher Marlowe's tale of a man who makes a deal with the devil.

Kit's girlfriend and former Game of Thrones co-star Rose Leslie, 29, turned up to support her beau, as did other stars of the fantasy series, Alfie Allen, 29, Gemma Whelan, 35, and Natalie Dormer, 34.

Kit and Rose were pictured cosying up together as they celebrated the show's opening night at an after party at the Cuckoo Club in the British capital.

The TV stars had other reasons to celebrate; Game of Thrones made it's triumphant return to British screens on Monday, though it marked the end for Kit as his character Jon Snow's lifeless body was carried off, after being killed off in the season five finale.

"I think I will go back and watch the first episode, but I haven’t really focused on it coming out,” Kit admitted to Britain's Evening Standard of the series six opener. “There are some friends from the show here, but I haven’t been focusing on it at all.”

Away from the celebrity filled after-party reactions to the modern reimagining of Marlowe's 16th Century play were mixed.

The Times newspaper's theatre critic Ann Treneman gave the show a positive review, writing, "It's all wildly OTT (over the top) but I must admit I rather liked it." However other British papers were far less complimentary.

It received two stars out of five from fellow British publications The Guardian and The Telegraph, with the latter's critic Dominic Cavendish describing it as, "totally incomprehensible".

Kit isn't letting the bad reviews get him down though: "I like to do work that seems very extraordinary and weird and whether they work or not at least they are trying to do something different.”

Doctor Faustus runs at the Duke of York's theatre until 25 June (16).

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