Archive for June 2011

Doctor Faustus at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre

The new production of Doctor Faustus at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre is a traditional take on the classic Marlowe play where Faustus sells his soul to the devil.

The production looks superb and the costumes took us from an earthly Tudor life to a bloody Roman underworld with giant deathly skeletal dragons and great feathered wings.

Paul Hilton was excellent as the young scholar Faustus, entranced by the power black magic will bring him, and enthusiastically seizing the opportunity to sell his soul in return for 24 years enjoying the powers Mephistopheles shares with him.

Doctor Who star Arthur Darvill plays an ambiguous, apathetic Mephistopheles. Felix Scott as Wagner was particularly good and brought an enjoyable energy to the stage. As the clown, Pearce Quigley turned a role which could have been an annoying comic turn into an unexpectedly endearing character.

As a viewer unfamiliar with the play, I thought the script and plotting didn’t seem to live up to the big issues the play explored. It never gets very scary but is frequently quite funny so the production never drags.

Watching an Elizabethan play under the stars at the Globe is always a magical experience and Doctor Faustus is a fascinating and imaginative evening’s entertainment.

18 June – 2 October 2011. Tickets from £5. www.shakespearesglobe.com

Two Boys at The ENO

The English National Opera (ENO) are currently staging Two Boys, a new opera from talented young musician and composer Nico Muhley with librettist Craig Lucas. The story is loosely inspired by actual events.  We watch Inspector Anne Strawson as she struggles …

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Magician Walks Across the Thames

British magician Dynamo stunned onlookers as he crossed the Thames on foot this weekend. Dynamo only made it halfway across before being picked up by a police boat (or was it?) So far, we’ve only seen this grainy iPhone footage on …

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Stitched Science at the Science Museum

London’s Science Museum was full of woolly monsters at the weekend as Stitch London took up residence to explore science through craft. Stitched Science included an exhibition of scientific objects made by knitting, crochet and sewing, from embroidered cells to …

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Kate Moss Exhibition at The Little Black Gallery

Laura Mannering, freelance journalist and editor of travel blog worldoutthere.net, visits a photography exhibition at The Little Black Gallery: In a rarefied corner of Chelsea, amid immaculate mews houses, purring sports cars and ladies who lunch, stands The Little Black …

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