Doctor Dee was the archetypal Renaissance Man studying the world from astrology and alchemy to physics and philosophy. His thirst for knowledge was insatiable and, as a key advisor to Elizabeth I, he is credited with providing much of the intelligence which shaped 'the British Empire' established under her rule. Dee also dabbled in the occult and, ultimately, this fascination destroyed him. Conned by a deranged medium, Dee's career ended in disgrace and sexual scandal and he died discredited and penniless.Performers Damon Albarn (singer), Tony Allen (drums), Madou Diabate (kora), Mike Smith (keyboards), William Lyons (reeds/recorders), David Hatcher (reeds/recorders), Ann Allen (reeds/recorders), Liam Bryne (viola da gamba), Caroline Ritchie (viola da gamba), Paula Chateauneuf (lute), Arngeir Hauksson (lute), Christopher Akrill, Bertie Carvel, Victoria Couper, Anna Dennis, Eddie Kay, Steven Page, Melanie Pappenheim, Christopher Robson, Nuno Silva, Rebecca Sutherland, Clemmie Sveaas, Damon Albarn, Christopher Akrill, Bertie Carvel, Victoria Couper, Anna Dennis, Steven Page, Melanie Pappenheim, Christopher Robson, Nuno Silva, Clemmie Sveaas, Rebecca Sutherland, Eddie Kay.
Music Damon Albarn. Director Rufus Norris. Conductor Andre de Ridder. Music Stephen Higgins (musical supervisor). Design Paul Atkinson. Lighting Paule Constable. Sound Paul Arditti. Costume Katrina Lindsay. Company BBC Philharmonic Players.