There is only one god: BelaFarinRod – Die Ärzte in Camden’s Electric Ballroom

I gave up years ago on trying to explain to my fellow Londoners the very German phenomena the Berlin punk group Die Ärzte is – because seeing them giving a club concert here at the Electric Ballroom is a personal triumph I have not bothered bringing anyone. That is anyone who could spoil the evening … Continue reading There is only one god: BelaFarinRod – Die Ärzte in Camden’s Electric Ballroom

Finally watching a long forgotten favourite: Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre

That I have not seen the West End production of Les Misérables so far surprises plenty of people, even those I did not expect to have any opinion on this. Myself astonished by this repeated reaction I look even more forward to it. Seated between the massive M&M shopping bags of Chinese tourists wearing surgical … Continue reading Finally watching a long forgotten favourite: Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre

Punk cabaret defining this year’s summer in London – Little Death Club at the Southbank’s Underbelly

The season of summer is generously applied at London’s Southbank once the Underbelly stage has been erected – this means summer lasts at the river Thames from April until September. In its 11th year this stable in the capital’s calendar has over 140 performances and events scheduled and one of the highlights already from the … Continue reading Punk cabaret defining this year’s summer in London – Little Death Club at the Southbank’s Underbelly

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

HAIR the musical – the timeless classic in Wimbledon

For the musical’s 50th anniversary production company Aria Entertainment bought Hair back on stage in 2017. I attended the London premiere in October of that year in the Vaults, a tunnel labyrinth of a venue under Waterloo Station. There was bunting hanging from the low ceiling, so it felt like being in a den or … Continue reading HAIR the musical – the timeless classic in Wimbledon

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!

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

Hans Christian Andersen in London – A Very Very Very Dark Matter at the Bridge Theatre

Exactly a year ago we came to London’s Bridge Theatre for the first time. It had only opened recently but we were standing in front of closed doors. Not even the foyer lights were switched on. I had bought the tickets a month before when looking for a Christmassy night out; not something as loud as a … Continue reading Hans Christian Andersen in London – A Very Very Very Dark Matter at the Bridge Theatre

Bioluminescence in Bologna: Cirque Du Soleil’s Toruk, based on James Cameron’s Avatar

Finally I am in the same city at the same time as Toruk, Cirque Du Soleil’s take on James Cameron’s Avatar. I wanted to see it since I first stumbled upon a call for puppeteers in the newsletter of the Jim Henson Association years ago. Now I am in Bologna, a lively city on a … Continue reading Bioluminescence in Bologna: Cirque Du Soleil’s Toruk, based on James Cameron’s Avatar

Wise Children at the Old Vic – Angela Carter’s love letter to South London

Angela Carter was born in 1940 so there is no big anniversary this year but for some reason she seems everywhere: This summer gave us a fantastic TV documentary which made me proud to live in country where programs about authors are being shown on Saturday night at prime time. Since then the BBC published … Continue reading Wise Children at the Old Vic – Angela Carter’s love letter to South London