Palace Theatre, 2011
Creator Rufus Norris and Damon Albarn
Director Rufus Norris
Writer Damon Albarn
Doctor Dee is a new opera written by Damon Albarn and directed by Rufus Norris, which explores ritual and symbolism in this country, past and present, using Doctor John Dee – one of England’s greatest but largely forgotten men – as catalyst.
Doctor John Dee was one of the last great free thinkers. He was the ultimate Renaissance man: astrologer, alchemist, mathematician and spy, who provided the inspiration for both Marlowe's Faust and Shakespeare's Prospero, however he has slipped from the pages of history.
The piece is co-commissioned by MIF, ENO and London 2012. It will be premiered as part of the Manchester International festival on 1 July 2011.
Doctor Dee has already been confirmed as part of the Cultural Olympiad and will play at the London Coliseum 25 June - 7 July 2012.