Time traveling to 1794’s Paris in 2012’s Hamburg – Dantons Tod via ThaliaDigital

Having scanned the theatre programs everywhere I travelled last year, I was glad to read that Hamburg’s Thalia Theater (my favourite and most missed Hamburg stage!) made Jette Steckel’s 2012 dress rehearsal of Georg Büchner’s Danton Tod available to watch online for 24 hours. This worked fabulously and the #ThaliaDigital program continues. As one of … Continue reading Time traveling to 1794’s Paris in 2012’s Hamburg – Dantons Tod via ThaliaDigital

An (almost) non-cynical weekend in Disneyland, Paris

What would Johann Wolfgang von Goethe say to Disneyland? He finished his poem The Sorcerer’s Apprentice in 1797After some turbulence times in autumn my friend and I decided to book a trip to Disneyland Paris. We wanted a weekend without worries, too much action and brainpower. While there is enough to do for adrenaline junkies … Continue reading An (almost) non-cynical weekend in Disneyland, Paris

Have you ever been ghosted by a God? Arrows And Traps present Talking Gods

Talking Gods starts with Hestia, the nowadays lesser-known deity of home and hearth, is telling us about her modern life, cohabiting with her activist sister Demeter and her teenage niece Cora. Her sister is much less domestic than Hestia, swears like a trooper, smokes weed and cares more about Aldi, Extinction Rebellion and genocide in … Continue reading Have you ever been ghosted by a God? Arrows And Traps present Talking Gods

The Constella OperaBallet’s Christmas Gala 2020 connects stars with the nation’s care homes and your living room

Obviously, I agree to review a Christmas concert, once I discover that it falls on the date my beloved grandma would have turned almost ninety. And especially when it has been set up to raise awareness for the isolation and loneliness of our elder citizens. The Constella OperaBallet’s Christmas Gala 2020 is available to watch … Continue reading The Constella OperaBallet’s Christmas Gala 2020 connects stars with the nation’s care homes and your living room

Live and online from Bristol: The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk

The piano overture of this little masterpiece of musical theatre already brings some reminiscence of Anatevka – it was Marc Chagall who made the fiddler on the roof a cultural icon in his paintings, reminiscing about the place he grew up in, in what is now Belarus. There is also a cello on stage (played … Continue reading Live and online from Bristol: The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk

Theatre on demand (Riverside Studios 2014) – Theatre Lab Company’s Medea by Euripides

The drums and instruments played at Theatre Lab Company’s Medea might be the same I have heard last time at a Kurdish wedding – here at the Riverside Studios in Hammersmith the wedding celebrations of Jason and Glauce are held. We hear from the attending servants who curse the famous Argo Jason arrived with at … Continue reading Theatre on demand (Riverside Studios 2014) – Theatre Lab Company’s Medea by Euripides

Watching Niklas Ritter’s Antoinette Capet online – and maybe one day at the Vorarlberger Landestheater

Empress Maria Theresia von Österreich incarnates patriarchal authority – played by a man in a massive crinoline this is no gentle Conchita Wurst, but a regent giving tactically birth to a serious regiment of arch dukes and duchesses to be married off to every royal circle possible. One of them is Maria Antonia Josepha Johanna. … Continue reading Watching Niklas Ritter’s Antoinette Capet online – and maybe one day at the Vorarlberger Landestheater

It’s like panto – Emma Rice does Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld in the London Coliseum

Experiencing Jacques Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld on an opera stage has been on my wishlist for a long time. When I hear that Emma Rice’ production returns to London’s magnificent Coliseum for a few performances it takes some rearrangements to at least join the very last staging – and the newsletter of her production … Continue reading It’s like panto – Emma Rice does Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld in the London Coliseum

Samuel Beckett’s Warten Auf Godot at the Volkstheater in Munich

The build up to seeing this classic of modern staged drama goes along with many giggles. Finally, I’ve found someone to see Samuel Beckett’s most famous play with: Waiting For Godot. Because we are in Bavaria’s capital, we see the German translation. And luckily, spoken in the clearest high German, not in the local dialect. I am sure the two Cantonese-speaking students … Continue reading Samuel Beckett’s Warten Auf Godot at the Volkstheater in Munich

The Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London or: Don’t believe the hype

When we were in New York we were debating to either watch The Book Of Mormon or Avenue Q, then decided for the latter as our first choice was still running back in London. Almost two years later, we finally got tickets. When we pick them up from the theatre’s box office we can hardly … Continue reading The Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London or: Don’t believe the hype