1-9 July 2011 at Palace Theatre, Manchester
Doctor Dee is
a new work composed by Damon Albarn and directed by Rufus
In the age before science and magic parted
company, Doctor John Dee was the ultimate Renaissance Man:
astrologer, alchemist, mathematician and spy, he coined the
term ‘British Empire’ and equipped the Elizabethan Court with
the knowledge to make it manifest. The inspiration for both
Marlowe’s Faust and Shakespeare’s Prospero, Dee studied the
Heavens, he spoke with Archangels, and he paid a bitter
explores ritual and symbolism in this country, past and
present, using John Dee – one of England’s greatest but
largely forgotten men – as catalyst.
Rufus Norris is a theatre and opera
directorwhose West End and Broadway shows include Cabaret,
Don Giovanni, Festen, Les Liaisons Dangereuses and
Vernon God Little.
Damon Albarn is a musician whose bands and
projects include Blur, Gorillaz, The Good the Bad and the
Queen and Monkey: Journey to the West for MIF07.
Tickets go on sale 10am Fri 18 March.
Rufus Norris Co-Creator,
Damon Albarn Co-Creator, Composer, Performer
André de Ridder
Conductor, Orchestration Consultant
Stephen Higgins Musical Supervisor
Paul Atkinson Designer
59 Productions Video & Projection Designers
Scott Graham & Steven Hoggett for Frantic
Assembly, Movement Directors
Paule Constable Lighting Designer
Paul Arditti Sound Designer
Commissioned by Manchester International
Festival, London 2012 Festival and ENO.
Produced by Manchester International Festival and
With thanks to the BBC Philharmonic
for their support and collaboration.