If you think Tarantino is extreme, read any story about Greek Mythology. It makes him look like a schoolboy who wrote a fairy tale that went wrong. The Greeks did it better - and bloodier. Fathers devouring their sons, mothers murdering their loved sons just to avenge their ex-partner. There is no such thing as a happy ending in the ancient Greeks.
English National Opera's new production of Vaughan Williams's The Pilgrim's Progress highlights the company's commitment to celebrating great 20th century British opera. Yoshi Oïda's directorial debut with ENO marks the first full professional staging of Vaughan Williams's seminal work since its premiere at the 1951 Festival of Britain. The waiting is finally over.
At Sunday's Olivier Awards, the most prestigious awards in London theatre, the English National Opera came away with both opera awards. Winning both categories dedicated to Opera: Castor And Pollux won 'Best New Opera Production' and the ENO's breadth and diversity of the artistic programme won 'Outstanding Achievement in Opera'.
Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffman is a strange opera - It is, basically, a giant anti-climax. Richard Jones' new production of the opera is fantastical yet uneven and given the Monty Python treatment; guided by Hoffman's muse we are taken to four worlds to meet the four women Hoffman has ever loved, one a reality and the others stories.