Dominic Dromgoole, used to run Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London, he tried take a production of Hamlet to every country in the world (and very nearly succeeded), and he brought a year-long season of Oscar Wilde’s work to the West End. and now he's directed is debut feature film, Making Noise Quietly. It began life as stageplay, a triptych of stories, each involving the meeting of strangers and exploring the impact of war on them.
Times, we’re told, are tough for the arts, theatre especially. And yet there will soon be at least 10 new theatres in London alone. Theatres around the country are being refurbished – The Everyman in Liverpool, Bristol Old Vic, Theatr Clwyd. Why, how, and who's paying for all this? We hear from Tristran Baker of Troubabour Theatres, which is opening two huge new spaces in London this week; Julien Boast, CEO of the Hall for Cornwall in Truro, where a three tier, 1,300 seat auditorium is under construction; and Dominic Dromgoole,
After a momentous weekend in sport with the Cricket World Cup final and the Wimbledon finals, sports writer Simon Inglis reflects on the aesthetics of the trophy cup - why are some of them so ghastly?.
Karina Ramage arrived for her job restocking the biscuit aisle at Waitrose and carrying her guitar, when a customer asked her to sing him a song. She obliged with one of her own numbers and he offered her a management deal on the spot. He was Daniel Glatman, a music executive with a proven track record as the man behind 1990s chart-toppers Blue “That sounds like the sort of song the world needs to be hearing right now”. Her busking and biscuit days may soon be over. She'll be performing live in the studio
Presenter: Kirsty Lang, Producer: Oliver Jones
Deborah Moggach, Elsinore computer game, Ivo van Hove, Can high notes shatter glass?
Novelist and screenwriter Deborah Moggach whose eighteen novels include Heartbreak Hotel, Tulip Fever and These Foolish Things - made into the hit film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel - talks to Stig Abell about her new novel The Carer, a poignant story about age, sibling rivalry and having to grow up – at last.
Stig is joined by Jordan Erica Webber to play a new computer game based on the world of Hamlet. In Elsinore, released later this month, the player takes on the role of Ophelia and quests to save the lives of the characters and change the course of the story. We ask if an attempt to tell the story of the play in an interactive way bears fruit.
The acclaimed Belgian theatre director Ivo van Hove talks about staging Ayn Rand’s 1943 novel The Fountainhead at Manchester International Festival. The adaptation, like the book, tells the story of Howard Roark, an architect who refuses to compromise on his “perfect” designs. US president Donald Trump is a fan of The Fountainhead and the home secretary Sajid Javid revealed during the Conservative leadership debates that he re-reads it once a year. We’ll ask what this production has to tell us about liberalism, politics and individualism today.
Following reports that while watching The Voice Kids a woman’s window shattered when a competitor sang a high note, Trevor Cox, Professor of Acoustic Engineering at the University of Salford, tells Front Row whether the human voice really can break glass.
Presenter: Stig Abell
Producer: Hilary Dunn
Pavarotti documentary, Wendell Berry, Port Eliot Festival closure, How our attitudes are reflected in culture
Oscar winning director Ron Howard has made an in-depth look at the life and career of singer Luciano Pavarotti, featuring interviews with his family and other stars such as Placido Domingo and Angela Gheorghiu. Classical music critic Fiona Maddocks reviews.
The latest British Attitudes Survey is published today, but how are attitudes reflected and influenced by the culture we consume? Research Director from the National Centre for Social Research, Miranda Philips, and cultural historian Matthew Sweet discuss.
The organisers of Port Eliot Festival have released a statement saying that this year’s festival will be the last for the foreseeable future. In an age when the festival scene - literary or musical - seems to be thriving, what has gone wrong for them? Colin Midson, the Creative Director, explains.
Wendell Berry is a farmer and activist, and the great chronicler of rural America with over fifty books. His latest, Stand By Me, is a collection of short stories chronicling the lives of the small farmers of Port William, Kentucky, their relationships with each other and the place: the fields and woods, animals and birds, and the soil itself. He talks to Samira Ahmed about how the stories connect and span a century.
Presenter: Samira Ahmed
Producer: Hannah Robins
Peter Gynt, how to listen to opera, The Left Behind, Rip Torn
Peter Gynt is a new version of Henrik Ibsen's Peer Gynt written by David Hare and starring James McArdle in the title role. Susannah Clapp reviews the National Theatre and Edinburgh International Festival's production.
How to appreciate opera is the latest in our series of beginners' guides to art forms that are new to us. Stig, who has not spent much time at the opera, asks soprano Danielle de Niese for her top tips.
The Left Behind is a hard-hitting BBC drama about a young working class man in South Wales who becomes radicalised by far-right propaganda. Writer Alan Harris and director Joseph Bullman discuss the show.
Actor Rip Torn died yesterday aged 88. Most famous for his roles in the American hit TV comedy series The Larry Sanders Show and the Men in Black franchise, Rip Torn’s career spanned 6 decades. Journalist Michael Goldfarb talks about the life and career of the American actor.
Presenter: Stig Abell
Producer: Simon Richardson
Cressida Cowell, the new children's laureate; Cherie Blair goes into film
Cressida Cowell is announced as the new Waterstones Children’s Laureate. We speak to the How to Train Your Dragon writer about her plans for the role which is mainly focused on encouraging primary school age children to read.
With recent attempts by the USA to rekindle the Israeli-Palestinian peace process having foundered on the rocks, we talk to Cherie Blair about her role as Executive Producer of a new film about the crisis. The drama is in development and will be directed by John Deery who also joins John in the studio. The film, The Rock Pile, explores the lives of three little boys – a Muslim, an Arab-Christian and a Jew – who meet and play football together on the streets of Jerusalem.
Yann Martel's novel Life of Pi won the Man Booker, selling over 3 million copies and was a critically acclaimed Hollywood movie. It’s the story of Pi, a 16 year old boy stranded on a lifeboat in the Pacific with a Bengal Tiger named Richard Parker. Paul Allen reviews a new adaptation at the Crucible Theatre Sheffield and discusses the challenges of bringing the story to the stage.
Presenter : John Wilson
Producer : Dymphna Flynn