This week London is enjoying something of a miniature Offenbach festival. As Hoffmann ends a student run over at the Guildhall tonight, Court Opera presents an open-air performance in Holland Park of his Homeric parody, La belle Helene, in which a delectably pear-shaped Helen is seduced away from family and friends by the talent-hungry Trojan prince Paris - 'L'homme a la pomme'. Over at the Bloomsbury, meanwhile, Opera della Luna has begun a run of Robinson Crusoe (below), a comic aside on Defoe done with a little vive la difference, complete with a pantomime-style principal boy as Man Friday.
The Tales of Hoffmann: tonight 7pm Guildhall School, Barbican, EC1 (071-638 8891)
Robinson Crusoe: tonight 7.30pm Bloomsbury Theatre, Gordon St, WC1 (071-388 8822)
La belle Helene: tonight to Sat 7.30pm (plus Sat mat 2.30pm) Holland Park Theatre, W8 (071-602 7856)Reuse content