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2 hours
First broadcast:
Friday 26 March 2010

Claudia speaks to playwright Sebastian Barry and discusses dance and film. Plus, ahead of World Theatre Day, we look at the latest plays on and off West End.

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  • Baylen Leonard's Theatre Choices

    With World Theatre Day being celebrated tomorrow (27 March) Baylen takes us on a tour of the UK with his choices of what’s on offer………

    Hair ~ Gielgud Theatre London (from 1 April)

    The story of a group of young Americans searching for love and peace during the Vietnam era, Hair is a timeless portrait of a movement that changed the world. Its groundbreaking rock score paved the way for some of the greatest musicals of our time. Now, the "Age of Aquarius" dawns again in this new production directed by Diane Paulus.

    Trilogy of Plays from the National Theatre of Scotland

    The National Theatre of Scotland presents three new shows especially for young people and teenagers, by three of Scotland’s leading writers: “Empty” by Cathy Forde, “The Miracle Man” by Douglas Maxwell and “Mr Write” by Rob Drummond.

    Debbie Reynolds Alive and Fabulous ~ UK Tour

    Hollywood legend Debbie Reynolds is bringing her one-woman show to the UK in which she celebrates over 50 years in showbusiness. Following her opening at Norwich on 7 April, she will also tour to Liverpool, Manchester, Cardiff, Brighton, Bristol, Birmingham, Basingstoke, Leicester, Windsor, Southend, Northampton, Cambridge, Malvern and Leeds, ahead of her West End run at the Apollo Theatre from 28 April to 9 May.

    The Gods Weep ~ Hampstead Theatre (until 3 April)

    Jeremy Irons leads the cast in this play by the acclaimed multi-award winning playwright Denis Kelly. Colm (Jeremy Irons) has taken a lifetime to build his empire. But when he decides to divide power between his subordinates, the world he has created rapidly begins to fracture.

  • Charles Gant's Film Review

    Charles' choice of the latest big screen film releases this week were:

  • The Blind Side (Certificate 12A)

    Teenage Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron) is surviving on his own, virtually homeless, when he is spotted on the street by Leigh Anne Tuohy (Sandra Bullock). Learning that the young man is one of her daughter's classmates, Leigh Anne insists that Michael - wearing shorts and a t-shirt in the dead of winter - come out of the cold. Without a moments hesitation, she invites him to stay at the Tuohy home for the night. What starts out as a gesture of kindness turns into something more as Michael becomes part of the Tuohy family despite the differences in their backgrounds.

    The Blind Side
  • Nanny McPhee And The Big Bang (Certificate U)

    Nanny McPhee (Emma Thompson) appears at the door of a harried young mother, Mrs Isabel Green (Maggie Gyllenhaal), who is trying to run the family farm while her husband is away at war. But once she’s arrived, Nanny McPhee discovers that Mrs Green’s children are fighting a war of their own against two spoiled city cousins who have just moved in and refuse to leave. Relying on everything from a flying motorcycle and a statue that comes to life to a tree-climbing piglet and a baby elephant who turns up in the oddest places, Nanny McPhee uses her magic to teach her mischievous charges five new lessons.

    Nanny McPhee And The Big Bang
  • Perrier’s Bounty (Certificate 15)

    Michael (Cillian Murphy) owes money to Dublin's meanest gangster, Darren Perrier (Brendan Gleeson). When the debt is called in Brenda (Jodie Whittaker), Michael's recently dumped and suicidal best friend, accidentally shoots dead one of his goons. To make matters worse Michael's estranged father Jim (Jim Broadbent) arrives just in time to witness the scene. With a bounty on their heads Michael, Jim and Brenda flee to the mountains.

    Perrier's Bounty
  • Shank (Certificate 15)

    A fast-paced ultra fantasy set in London 2015: the Olympics have gone, the economy has flatlined and security and food are in short supply in the divided capital. The streets are ruled by barbaric gangs of kids who will do anything for food, apart from the Paper Chaserz crew, who use stealth and smarts to fill their bellies and stash enough money to escape the big, bad city.



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