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Paul Simon and Linda Ronstadt Under African Skies
The Paul Simon Anthology (Disc 2), Warner Bros, 5
From the CD 'Verdi's Greatest Hits' on RCA
Various Artists Bella Figlia Dell'Amore
From the CD 'Superman The Movie OST' on WEA
London Symphony Orchestra Theme From Superman
From the CD 'Gigi- Original Film Soundtrack' on Premier Soundtracks
Leslie Caron The Night They Invented Champagne
From a CD Single on Bright and Loud records
The Lucinda Belle Orchestra Dodo Blues
Frank Sinatra Let's Face The Music And Dance
My Way - The Best Of Frank Sinatra, Reprise
The Rolling Stones Get Off Of My Cloud
The Rolling Stones - Forty Licks, Abkco
Elvis Costello Everyday I Write The Book
Elvis Costello & Attractions- The Man, Imp Records, 4
Kate & Anna McGarrigle Jigsaw Puzzle Of Life
Kate & Anna Mcgarrigle, Hannibal
Take That Up All Night
(CD Single), Polydor, 1
Elvis Presley Are You Lonesome Tonight? (Laughing Version)
(CD Single), RCA
Tiffany Page On Your Head
Acclaimed star of stage and screen Susannah York talks about her role in the touring play Quartet, by the award winning playwright Ronald Harwood, which begins at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford on Wednesday 16th June.
Theatre critic Michael Billington discusses the best and latest plays from across the UK.
Jude Kelly, Artistic Director of the South Bank Centre London, talks about this year’s Meltdown Festival. Each year the festival is curated by one of music’s great innovators and this year is no exception with guitarist Richard Thompson, founding member of British folk-rock group Fairport Convention taking on the role of artistic director.
Author Toby Litt reports from behind the scenes at rehearsals for a brand new project in collaboration with Opera North. The company has brought together three composers with three different writers to produce some brand new songs together. As well as Toby, musician Emily Hall and celebrated electronic composer Mira Callix are amongst the artists involved. Opera North's Words and Music programme is taking place next Friday 18th at the Grand Theatre in Leeds.
Comedy critic Brian Logan gives a run-down on some of the best comedy shows to look out for over the coming months.
Michael Billington's Theatre Choices
Michael's choices of the latest and best plays from around the UK were:
Women, Power and Politics: Then and Now at the Tricycle Theatre London
A sequence of ten plays by women writers looking at women's role in UK politics. It's split into two separate parts: “Then” looks at history while “Now” examines the present. The ten writers include Sue Townsend, Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Moira Buffini, Bola Agbaje, Zinnie Harris.Tricycle Theatre
Women, Power and Politics: Then and Now plays in rep until July 17th at London’s Tricycle Theatre.
After The Dance at the National's Lyttelton Theatre
This Terence Rattigan play was first seen in 1939 but subsequently disappeared for a long time. It's about a carefree group of 1920s Mayfair socialites who live for parties and pleasure and who seem unaware of impending global crisis. Thea Sharrock directs this revival with Bendedict Cumberbatch and Nancy Carroll in the cast.National Theatre
After the Dance is in rep at the Royal National Theatre in London until August 11th.
The Late Middle Classes at the Donmar Warehouse London
This revival of the play by Simon Gray tells the story of a family living on Hayling Island in the early 1950s. The son of the house, Holly, is torn between his cloyingly possessive mum and a slightly creepy piano teacher who has high hopes for him and displays a rather excessive affection. Three different actors alternate the role of the boy, while Helen McCrory plays the mum and Robert Glenister the music teacher.Donmar Warehouse
The Late Middle Classes is at London’s Donmar Warehouse until July 17th.
All My Sons at the Apollo Theatre London
In 1947 All My Sons was Arthur Miller’s first Broadway hit. This production by Howard Davies sees David Suchet playing Joe Keller, a man with a guilty secret ~ he's let his former partner take the rap for allowing defective parts to be fitted to airforce planes causing 21 deaths in wartime. His wife Kate is in denial about his moral responsibility. Inevitably the skeletons come tumbling out of the closet in the post-war world.Apollo Theatre
All My Sons is at the Apollo Theatre in London until September 11th.
Love Story at the Minerva Theatre Chichester
This brand new musical version by Howard Goodall is based on the best-selling novel by Erich Segal which of course was made famous by the Hollywood movie starring Ryan O'Neal and Ali McGraw. It's all about the love of a rich sporty boy for a poor Italian girl which ends in her death.Chichester Festival Theatre
Love Story is at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester until June 26th.
The Fantasticks at the Duchess Theatre London
First seen in 1960, this show became famous as the longest-running off-Broadway musical. Since then it's been seen in countless college and amateur revivals and was first seen in the West End in 1961. It has music by Harvey Schmidt, book and lyrics by Tom Jones and is based on a play by Edmond Rostand. This revival’s cast includes Clive Rowe, David Bradley and Edward Petherbridge.Duchess Theatre
The Fantasticks is at the Duchess Theatre until September 5th.
Brian Logan's Comedy Choices
Emo Philips is the whiny-voiced man-child of dysfunctional comedy, not to mention ‘the best joke writer in America’ – in Jay Leno's words. In a coup for the Latitude Festival, they’ve bagged Emo’s first UK dates in four years before he heads up north for an Edinburgh run.
Emo Philips headlines the Comedy Tent at the Latitude Festival at Southwold in Suffolk on Sunday 18th July. He then appears at the Pleasance Cabaret Bar Edinburgh from August 5th to 29th.
MY NAME IS SUE
A virtuoso male pianist, dressed as a Welsh housewife, slapping the ivories and singing songs about one woman’s unfulfilled life. That’s My Name is Sue, the cult cabaret show that finds its way to London next week. Sue is played by Dafydd James, who is supported by his backing band, The Sues – who dress identically to him.
My Name is Sue is at Soho Theatre London from July 17th to 26th.
PENN & TELLER
Back in the early 1990s, at the time of their Channel 4 show The Unpleasant World of…, Penn & Teller were the coolest act in magic, American vaudevillians who specialised in sick tricks and sidelined in scientific scepticism. Now regular headliners in Las Vegas, the pair return to London for the duo’s first UK dates in sixteen years.
Penn & Teller are at the Hammersmith Apollo in London from July 14th to 18th.
PAUL MERTON'S IMPRO CHUMS
Paul Merton's Impro Chums, which includes Mike McShane, Richard Vranch, Lee Simpson and Suki Webster, have been touring since late April, and this week they visit Brighton, Northampton, Yeovil and beyond with their evening of impro games and made-up-on-the-hoof comedy.
Paul Merton's Impro Chums is at Brighton Dome tomorrow night, then at the Royal & Derngate in Northampton on Monday, and the Wyvern in Swindon on Tuesday. Its tour ends next Saturday in Barnstaple.
Born in Bath, Bill Bailey has recently finished a tour in the Scottish Highlands but now he’s playing Bristol City’s Ashton Gate stadium with a brand new show - a sort of West Country home coming for the hairy-faced Never Mind The Buzzcocks star.
Bill Bailey is at the Ashton Gate stadium Bristol on Saturday 19th June.
BRISTOL BROUHAHA FESTIVAL
The BrouHaHa Festival brings together a mouth-watering roster of comics from the sketch trio Pappy’s to stand-ups Milton Jones, Richard Herring, Sarah Millican and the musical comedy double act Frisky & Mannish – all road-testing their all-new shows in advance of the Edinburgh Fringe.
The Bristol BrouHaHa Festival runs from July 16th to 24th at the Tobacco Factory, the Redgrave Theatre and the Hen & Chickens Comedy Box.
LYRIC COMEDY NIGHT
The Lyric Comedy Nights in Hammersmith London, programmed and compered by Richard Herring, are a reliable staple of London’s comedy scene. There’s a treat in store at this month’s offering. The Edinburgh Comedy Award champ Tim Key – he of comic-poetry fame – teams up with former Edinburgh Best Newcomer Tom Basden to perform as the double-act Freeze.
Freeze perform at the Lyric Comedy Night at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre in London on June 27th.
THE EDINBURGH FRINGE
The Edinburgh Fringe kicks off in early August. Its programme is packed with the usual comic delights. Alongside the likes of Emo Philips, highlights this year include the Dadaist Dutch anarcho-comic Hans Teeuwen; Indian-American stand-up and star of Flight of the Conchords sitcom, Arj Barker; Justin Edwards’ drunken children’s entertainer Jeremy Lion and former Best Newcomer nominee Pippa Evans, in character as grudge-bearing country singer Loretta Maine. There are, however, plenty more where that came from.
The Edinburgh Fringe runs from August 6th to 30th.
Meltdown Festival 2010
This year the festival is being overseen by folk legend Richard Thompson and it features a diverse programme of concerts, ranging from blues, Cajun and folk to soul, punk and classical. The festival is on London's South Bank until June 21st.
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