Vesturport + Nick Cave + Faust =
The Icelandic theatre company Vesturport is not widely known, but for the last 10 years, it has been packing out houses across the world with high-octane productions of Romeo + Juliette, Metamorphosis and Woyzeck.
Now its innovative approach has been rewarded with one of the most prestigious accolades in theatre, The European Theatre Prize, which has been won by such luminaries as Peter Brook, Pina Bausch, Robert Lepage and Harold Pinter. The company will receive the award at a ceremony next April.
Now, for the third time, Vesturport is teeming up with Nick Cave and his fellow Bad Seed Warren Ellis in a new production based on Goethe's epic work Faust, which the great German polymath is reported as saying was unstageable.
He shares Goethe's work ethic. When he's not creating or performing in Vesturport productions, he is producing movies. And when he's not doing that, he's acting in them - most recently in Prince of Persia alongside Jake Gyllenhaal.
My interview with him was broadcast on the Today programme this morning.