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.
Visually the show is amazing Dave Cunningham
Rufus Norris lays on a sumptuous array of scenes and tableaux that draw upon the lavish stage mechanics of an Elizabethan masque Alfred Hickling
It is complemented by Norris’s richly imaginative production Rupert Christiansen
Mr. Norris’s elegantly hallucinatory staging, suggesting an era that did not divide the natural from the supernatural. Jon Pareles
The New York Times
Norris knows how to create strong shapes on stage Holly Williams
as an experimental work and a visual spectacle, it is quite magical Will Hodgkinson
The Times Full Review
Norris’s production is an exquisite pageant... A weird and extraordinary feast for eye and ear
Daily Mail Full Review
Norris’s production is an exquisite pageant... A weird and extraordinary feast for eye and earPatrick Marmion
What’s really impressive about this production is how it seamlessly blends all of its elements – music, dance, visuals – into something that is not an opera but a thing unto itself. David Cheal
Financial Times Full Review