Defining and living quality time with Richard McElvain as The Chess Player in London, Barnes

Richard McElvain’s performance of The Chess Player based on Stefan Zweig’s short novel is radical and respectful, frightening and enlightening – a good tale is being promised in the story which forms the framework on a cruise ship and we will not be disappointed. McElvain has not only adapted Zweig’s Schachnovelle, post-humously published in the … Continue reading Defining and living quality time with Richard McElvain as The Chess Player in London, Barnes

Running out of princes with Aladdin in London’s west end

“We are running out of princes” is a beautiful statement in the week of the royal wedding and heard in the Disney musical Aladdin at the Prince Edward Theatre in London’s west end. It will not be the only scene that makes me laugh out loud. The story, the cartoon and most of its score … Continue reading Running out of princes with Aladdin in London’s west end

Don’t Panic: Waiting for the Moog with Bach in the Kings Place, London

When you are booking tickets for an event to go with someone who is far more passionate about the topic, artists or genre than you are, be aware that your idea of a night out might be challenged afterwards. I am accompanied by a Moog owner, synthesizer collector and sound engineer to the Kings Place, … Continue reading Don’t Panic: Waiting for the Moog with Bach in the Kings Place, London

All that Fusion at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London

Ticked off my London bucket list is Ronnie Scott’s, the capital’s most famous and probably oldest jazz club and a worldwide known, legendary institution which opened in 1959. No one in our group of four has been here before but tonight is the night. Tickets have been ordered eight days in advance and by then … Continue reading All that Fusion at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London

A Cave of Wonders in the British Museum in London

Sometimes we come across something by pure chance and we know immediately it is going to be relevant and important for the rest of our lives. When I was in my college years it was music-wise Franz Ferdinand’s self-titled debut album, Kate Bush’s Hounds of Love and Björk’s Medulla. Film-wise it must have been Kill … Continue reading A Cave of Wonders in the British Museum in London

Pottering around in the British Library in Kings Cross, London

The Harry Potter exhibition in the British Library is something I looked forward to see months before it opened – but then missed getting tickets for a visit at a reasonable time. So when Pottermore’s Over 18 evening event was announced I got two tickets straight away. I am taking my obviously pregnant friend with … Continue reading Pottering around in the British Library in Kings Cross, London