Martha Kearney is joined by:
Oscar-winner Danny Boyle brings his considerable directing talents to the stage of the National Theatre with Nick Dear's adaptation of the Mary Shelley classic Frankenstein. Alternating the lead roles as Victor Frankenstein and his creation are Benedict Cumberbatch, most recently seen in the critically-acclaimed BBC drama Sherlock, and Trainspotting and Angelina Jolie survivor Jonny Lee Miller. Can this new stage version breathe new life into the classic gothic horror?National Theatre's Official Website
Both casts of Frankenstein will be screened live into selected cinemas across the UK on the 17th and 24th of March. For a full list of participating locations and ticket information visit www.ntlive.com.
Opera: Anna Nicole
The Royal Opera's latest production Anna Nicole tells the story of the short, self-destructive life of tabloid favourite Anna Nicole Smith. The small town American waitress turned stripper turned Playboy centrefold achieved international notoriety when she married an 89 year old Texan billionaire aged just 26. With music by Mark Anthony Turnage and a libretto by Richard Thomas, of Jerry Springer the Opera fame, this controversial show is already a sell-out.Royal Opera House: Official Website
In this new film, man of the moment James Franco, co-host of this year's Oscar ceremony and a nominee in the best actor category, plays Allen Ginsberg - poet and chronicler of the 1950s Beat Generation. Ginsberg's poem Howl is a seminal work of 20th century literature but its subject matter and defiantly direct style were a serious challenge to the conservatism of post-war America. Its publication led to an obscenity trial in which the very foundations of poetry and freedom of expression were debated. Transforming a poem into a feature film is no easy challenge - so have filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman succeeded?Howl: Official Website
Book: The Immortalisation Commission: Science and the Strange Quest to Cheat Death
Acclaimed author and philosopher John Gray’s new book examines the enduring human obsession with proving the existence of life after death and using science as a way to overcome death’s finality. We spoke to the author about his new work.
Cultural Round-up: Jacqueline Wilson
Jacqueline Wilson is one of the UK's best-loved children's writers, and the fourth-most borrowed author from the nation's libraries last year. The writer of the Tracy Beaker series, Candyfloss, Little Darlings and most-recently Lily Alone tells The Review Show about her passion for country music and for The Wizard of Oz.Jacqueline Wilson: Official Website
To play us out we have folk rock duo The Pierces. With a sound likened to Fleetwood Mac, the sisters from Alabama perform their new single You'll Be Mine released on March 7th.The Pierces: Official Website
- Martha Kearney
- Val McDermid
- John Mullan
- John Carey
- Paul Morley