Kevin Spacey as Richard III; Aravind Adiga interviewed

With Kirsty Lang.

Kevin Spacey plays Richard III in a new production which re-unites him with director Sam Mendes for the first time since the Oscar-winning film American Beauty 12 years ago. Andrew Dickson delivers his verdict on Spacey's portrayal of Shakespeare's "bottled spider" on the stage of the Old Vic, London.

Indian author Aravind Adiga won the Man Booker Prize in 2008 for White Tiger - the story of a man who escapes the poverty and oppression of his rural home. His new book, Last Man in Tower, is set in rapidly developing Mumbai, where the inhabitants of a run-down but middle class apartment block are offered large sums of money to leave. Aravind Adiga discusses why his novels generate controversy in India, and why he plans to change the course of his writing.

Percussionist Evelyn Glennie is about to premiere a new concerto which celebrates cocktails from around the world. Kirsty visits Dame Evelyn's studio to hear some of the unusual instruments used in the concerto, including a cocktail shaker, and meet the work's composer Joseph Phibbs.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon opens tomorrow, without the star who played the lead in the earlier films of the franchise. Megan Fox and director Michael Bay parted company after the star reportedly criticised his on-set behaviour. Adam Smith reflects on the great actor/director fall-outs and who really wields the power in Hollywood.

Producer: Philippa Ritchie.

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