The London Coliseum in the capital’s West End will be the London home of Damon Albarn’s brand new opera “Dr Dee”, the second time that the Blur and Gorilaz musician has dealt with a 16th century topic following 2008’s “Monkey: Journey to the West”. The show is a highly anticipated spectacle that is also set to feature Albarn onstage whilst Rufus Norris (“The Country Girl” at the West End’s Apollo Theatre in 2010) takes on the duties of director.
The show originally appeared as part of the Manchester International Festival in 2011 – just like “Monkey: Journey to the West” – and received stand-out reviews for its portrayal of the largely forgotten, but renowned alchemist Dr John Dee.
Dee was not only an alchemist during the Renaissance, he was also an astronomer, a spy and a mathematician with plenty of knowledge that brought him to the attention to some of the best known names of the era – including Queen Elizabeth I. But despite these renowned origins by the time of his death he was disgraced by sexual scandal and by his fascination with the occult, leading to his being discredited and to his name being mostly unknown by modern people.
Damon Albarn, the writer of the show, is best known as a musician whose work has encompassed solo albums alongside work with Blur and Gorilaz. For Blur he is famous for songs like “Song No.2”, “Coffee and TV” and “Girls and Boys”, among others, whilst his work with Gorrilaz has included the likes of “Dirty Harry”, “Clint Eastwood” and “Revolving Doors”. He is a well known name whose work continues to find new fans.
“Dr Dee” appears at the London Coliseum in the same year as shows such as “Coppélia” and runs at the venue from Monday 25th June 2012 to Saturday 7th July 2012.
|Booking From:||Monday, 25th June 2012|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 7th July 2012|
|Evenings:||Monday to Saturday 7.30pm|
|Running Time:||2 hours|
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