Tuesday 16 October 2018 at 7.30pm
John Dee and Prospero: Dee as a model for literary characters
An illustrated talk by Malcolm Hebron, author of Prospero: a Renaissance Magus.
While keeping Prospero as the focus, Dr Hebron will look at other characters in drama he may have influenced – Marlowe’s Dr Faustus, for example. This talk links directly with our next event.
The talk will be preceded by the Annual General Meeting.
Friday 26 October 2018 at 7.30pm
Doctor Prospero: the rough magic of John Dee
by Stephen Davies
This play for one actor, with musical interludes, interweaves reminiscences of John Dee with scenes from The Tempest and songs of Ariel. It explores the many parallels between Dr Dee and Shakespeare’s Prospero.
Doctor Prospero was originally presented at Salisbury Playhouse, and had a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe with 5-star reviews. ‘Impressively researched and beautifully written’, ‘Armstrong’s mesmerising performance illuminates one of the most complex characters of Renaissance England with clarity and sympathy, truly bringing history to life’.
Stephen is preparing a new production to be premiered at St Mary’s, with Gareth Armstrong, the original performer, in the part of Dee/Prospero. The production will then go on a national tour.
Tickets £10 (including a glass of wine) from firstname.lastname@example.org or 07985 719 031
Both these events will be at St Mary’s, Mortlake High Street, SW14 8JH