Powder Her Face

London With Its Pants Down

There are a number of terrific books about London’s underbelly, but the two I’ve enjoyed most in a very long time are these, ‘Beautiful Idiots and Brilliant Lunatics’ and ‘High Buildings, Low Morals’ by Rob Baker. The former title comes from a quote by Oscar Wilde, the latter from Noel Coward. Rob is a fellow […]

Re:View – ‘Powder Her Face’

‘Powder Her Face’ is a chamber opera in two acts based on the scandalous life of Margaret, Duchess of Argyll, by British composer Thomas Ades, and is currently running at the Linbury Studio of the Royal Opera House, London. It was first staged in 1995 to mixed reviews, when it became notorious for its musical […]