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Terry Gilliam directs Berlioz's Damnation of Faust on BBC 4

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Graeme Kay Graeme Kay | 11:35 UK Time, Friday, 14 October 2011

Photo of Terry Gilliam's production of Berlioz's The Damnation of Faust

Terry Gilliam's production of Berlioz's The Damnation of Faust

Last May, former Python and film writer/director Terry Gilliam was invited by English National Opera to direct a new production of Berlioz's The Damnation of Faust.  


It's a problematic work - Berlioz called it a 'légende dramatique' (dramatic legend) - and it is more often performed in concert halls than in the theatre.

But the Faust legend and work's dramatic potential attracts opera companies and directors - by inviting Terry Gilliam, ENO sought to harness the director's visual flair and fantastical imagination.

The production certainly caused a stir, and you can see it this evening on BBC 4 TV, at 7.30pm.

ENO have also made an interesting backstage video about the work of the backstage technicians in the fly tower of the London Coliseum - to see the video and find details of the broadcast, follow the links below.

Graeme Kay is an interactive producer for BBC Radio 3 and BBC Classical Music TV

Find details of The Damnation of Faust on BBC 4

Watch the backstage video from English National Opera. 


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