After staging his “English opera” Dr Dee, Damon Albarn has suggested that one of Blur’s albums, The Great Escape, could be ready for a theatrical adaptation.

In an interview with Q magazine, the 43-year-old musician said: "I've done one English musical: The Great Escape. I've always thought that could be a great musical.

“We wrote that record as we were playing out the Britpop explosion with Parklife. We were in the studio and every day I would go in and write about something that had happened in the papers. So it's a snapshot in time.

"Maybe at the time it was a little bit too arch in its observations because it was too close. But now with the distance it might be a good thing to stage as a period piece."

Speaking Dr Dee’s recent run in Manchester, he said: "The first day after the run felt a bit empty, but I know it's there and I'm going to do a little bit more work on it, fine tune it here and there.

"People now know what to expect in a way, so it will be a more interesting run-up to it next year because it will be, 'Oh this is what it is'."