Heartwarmingly family-friendly: The Green Ship by Quentin Blake in London’s Librarian Theatre

Sir Quentin Blake is without doubt Britain’s most famous illustrator – even me growing up in Hamburg knew thanks to Roald Dahl’s BFG his drawing of Queen Elizabeth II before I knew Andy Warhol’s version. I have not come across Blake’s own children stories before though and therefore happily follow the invitation to the Librarian … Continue reading Heartwarmingly family-friendly: The Green Ship by Quentin Blake in London’s Librarian Theatre

Awkwardly sad: Awkward Conversations With Animals I F***ed at the King’s Head Theatre

I finally made it to the King’s Head Theatre and the first thing I hear when ordering a drink at the pub bar is the applause – I am here for the late performance at 9.30pm but the previous one seems to have convinced the audience already. Inside, I am surprised how big the stage is for … Continue reading Awkwardly sad: Awkward Conversations With Animals I F***ed at the King’s Head Theatre

Bulgakov’s The Fatal Eggs at the Barons Court Theatre

On my continued mission to absorb Mikhail Bulgakov’s complete oeuvre on stage I am in the vaults under the Curtain Up pub in Kensington which hosts the Barons Court Theatre underneath. It is my first visit here and after a German version in Zurich and a subtitled performance in Russian the first time I see … Continue reading Bulgakov’s The Fatal Eggs at the Barons Court Theatre

Ghost Stories at the Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith – a scare that stays with you

Because print is still the most engaging advertising channel I am already back at the Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith – Ghost Stories do not allow visitors under 15th, advertises with audience reaction from their “scream cam”, and has therefore been picked by me for a night out in the theatre for a big birthday with friends from Hamburg. Bringing people … Continue reading Ghost Stories at the Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith – a scare that stays with you

Berberian Sound Studio live on stage at the Donmar Warehouse in Covent Garden

I have watched Berberian Sound Studio on DVD several times – cohabiting with an Italophile AV technician led the film towards me naturally. Both the film and its soundtrack have become a code word for everyone interested in foley art and sound creation and is further well known among the fans of Italian horror director … Continue reading Berberian Sound Studio live on stage at the Donmar Warehouse in Covent Garden

In Hammersmith’s Lyric Theatre: The Animals and Children took to the Streets!

This is a piece of theatre about a less frequented district of a huge city and about the urban anonymity and inequality leading to loneliness. I am in Hammersmith’s Lyrics and after several parties and lunches on their excellent roof terrace above the high street I’m finally in the actual theatre. Having wanted to see … Continue reading In Hammersmith’s Lyric Theatre: The Animals and Children took to the Streets!

The York Dungeon – Yorkshire’s bloody history in 75 minutes

Something must be going on in Yorkshire when you visit early in the year – and indeed it’s the annual Viking festival Jorvik which had been (due to my Haithabu roots) on my bucket list for years. Here in York the Vikings settled when coming over to Britain from Northern Europe. After I already got … Continue reading The York Dungeon – Yorkshire’s bloody history in 75 minutes

Medea Electronica brings Synths and Misery to the Pleasance Theatre – excellent drama

Transporting the ancient Greek play Medea by Euripides to the synth scene of the 1980s somewhere in the English midlands could go terribly wrong. After having seen this play in different variations at Wilton’s, the National Theatre and the Almeida Theatre along with the Lars van Trier film and the one starring Maria Callas I … Continue reading Medea Electronica brings Synths and Misery to the Pleasance Theatre – excellent drama

Mikhail Bulgakov’s Morphine at The Cockpit theatre – in Russian with English subtitles

I was introduced to the oeuvre of Mikhail Bulgakov a year ago when I spontaneously decided in Zurich to go to the theatre and this blog found its direction. Since then I have checked for Bulgakov plays wherever I travelled, listened to audio plays and listened to Franz Ferdinand B-sides in a completely new context. … Continue reading Mikhail Bulgakov’s Morphine at The Cockpit theatre – in Russian with English subtitles