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Javier De Frutos, leading choreographer

1 hour, 57 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 17 February 2012

Claudia speaks to leading choreographer Javier De Frutos. Hot on the heels of its sell-out success world premiere in 2011, Javier and pop legends Pet Shop Boys return with their hugely popular Sadler's Wells Production, The Most Incredible Thing. This modern fairytale based on Hans Christian Andersen's fable centres on a contest to produce 'the most incredible thing', with a prize of half the kingdom and marriage to the princess at stake.

Academy Award-winning writer Christopher Hampton; screenwriter for Dangerous Liaisons talks about A Dangerous Method; a historical film directed by David Cronenberg which stars Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender, Keira Knightley and Vincent Cassel.

Curator Susanna Brown tells us about the V&A's special Diamond Jubilee exhibition; Queen Elizabeth II by Cecil Beaton which explores Beaton's long relationship with The Queen over three decades and her roles from wartime princess, young Queen, mother to majestic monarch. Beaton's photographs were some of the most widely published of the 20th century and he was credited for transforming the image of the Royal Family over the three decades photographed them.

This week the 'Tour Guide's Guide To Art' sees Claudia speaking to Susan Gardner, curator of the world's first museum about adolescence, the Museum of Childhood in Edinburgh. As well as displaying toys and games from across the generations, the Museum also explores other aspects of growing up, from schooldays and clubs to clothing, health and holidays

Plus Nick Duncalf reviews this week's cinematic releases, including Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close which stars Sandra Bullock, and Michael Billington reviews the latest theatrical productions.

Music Played

14 items

    Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close - Certificate 12A

    A nine year old amateur inventor, Francophile, and pacifist searches New York City for the lock that matches a mysterious key left behind by his father, who died in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

    Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close - Official Website
  • Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance - Certificate 12A

    Nicolas Cage is back as Johnny Blaze, the stunt rider who transforms into a flaming-headed vigilante. This time round he must protect a young boy from The Devil (Ciaran Hinds), who wants to use the boy to assume a human form on Earth. Johnny is aided by monk on a motorcyle Moreau (Idris Elba).

    The Spirit of Vengeance - Official Website
  • The Woman in the Fifth - Certificate 15

    Lecturer and failed novelist Tom Ricks (Ethan Hawke) flees to Paris, desperate to put his life back together and possibly to reconcile with his French wife and their young daughter. After losing his money and papers, he takes up residence in a fleapit hotel, and takes on a decidedly shady job as a security guard. But when he meets the mysterious Margit (Kristin Scott Thomas), things start to change for Tom, for the better, but also for the worse.

    The Woman in the Fifth on IMDB
  • Hadewijch - Certificate 12A

    Novice nun Hadewijch is expelled from a convent in northern France, after her Mother Superior decides her belief is too extreme. Returning to live with her parents in Paris and returning to her birth name of Celine, she befriends a pair of Muslim brothers from the projects.

    Hadewijch - Official Website

    The King's Speech at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham.

    The true story of how King George VI conquered his debilitating stammer with the help of maverick speech therapist Lionel Logue, was one of 2010's most successful films.
    David Seidler returns to the original play he wrote from which he developed his screenplay.

    The Theatre Royal - Official Website
  • Absent Friends at the Harold Pinter Theatre, London

    When Colin loses his fiancée, his married friends invite him round for comfort over tea and sandwiches. As the tea starts to pour, it's clear that trouble is brewing with a wicked blend of jealousy, infidelity and barely concealed loathing. Tension starts to boil and maybe Colin isn’t the one who needs help… with friends like these, who needs enemies?

    Absent Friends Official Website
  • The Way Of The World at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

    When you live in a world of extravagant parties, outrageous fashion and scandalous gossip, image is everything. So when Mirabell, a man with a reputation for wine, women and song, decides to go after the girl of his dreams, he knows it won’t be easy. For one, he’ll need the consent of the formidable Lady Wishfort before he can make his match. And to get that, he’ll have to resort to what he does best: deceit, slander and seduction.

    Sheffield Theatres - Official Website
  • The Heresy of Love at The Swan, Stratford-Upon-Avon

    This is a brand new play by Helen Edmundson about an extraordinary figure: a 17th century Mexican nun, Sister Juan Ines De La Cruz, who was a successful playwright. The play is all about her battles with the church authorities, and even some of the sisterhood, who didn't believe a nun should be writing plays and poetry.

    The RSC - Official Website
  • Playwright, screenwriter and director - Christopher Hampton - 17/02/12

    Playwright, screenwriter and director - Christopher Hampton - 17/02/12

  • Dancer and Choreographer Javier de Frutos - 17/02/12

    Dancer and Choreographer Javier de Frutos - 17/02/12

  • Curator Susanna Brown - 17/02/12

    Curator Susanna Brown - 17/02/12



    Curator Susan Gardner tells us about her favourite exhibit at The Museum Of Childhood in Edinburgh.

    “It’s very hard to choose one favourite object from such a large collection but I do particularly like the toy tea sets and dinner services.

    Two of my favourite tea sets are miniature versions of real sets used at home - a blue and white transfer printed Victorian tea set and an Edwardian tea set in the style of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. As a devoted tea drinker I would love to have the full-size versions myself!"

    Find out more about The Museum Of Childhood in Edinburgh
  • Martha's fifty years of Motown

    Fifty years ago the young Martha Lavaille started her career in the A+R department of the Motown label in Detroit. After a year of working there she caught the eye of label boss Berry Gordy and the band recorded their debut album Martha and the Vandellas...Hear Martha in conversation with Cerys on 6 Music this Sunday.

    Martha Reeves with Cerys on 6


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