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Mark Rylance as Richard III, Herman Koch, Searching for Sugarman

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30 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 26 July 2012

With Kirsty Lang. Mark Rylance returns to the stage for the first time since his award-winning performance in Jez Butterworth's play Jerusalem. Andrew Dickson reviews Rylance in the lead role in a new production of Richard III at Shakespeare's Globe in London.

Dutch novelist Herman Koch discusses his novel The Dinner, which has sold over a million copies in Europe. Set during one evening in a restaurant in Amsterdam, it tells the story of two couples who meet over dinner to discuss both their 15-year-old sons who have committed an atrocity, and shattered the comfortable worlds of their families.

A new film documentary Searching for Sugarman tells the story of Rodriguez, a singer/songwriter from Detroit who was discovered by two music producers in the '60s who thought he'd be bigger than Bob Dylan. When his 2 albums flopped Rodriguez fell into obscurity, but unbeknownst to the musician himself, he became an inspiration to a generation of South Africans. In this award-winning film two of his fans set out to find out more about Rodriguez and discover the truth behind the story that he'd spectacularly killed himself on stage. The South African-born novelist and playwright Gillian Slovo reviews.

The Norwegian violinist Vilde Frang established herself as one of the leading young violinists of her generation when she performed with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of 12. More recently she won a Classic BRIT Award for Best Newcomer. Vilde Frang discusses the appeal of Scandinavian music and how her father put her off playing the double-bass in favour of the violin.

Producer Dymphna Flynn.

Chapters

4 items
  • Richard III

    Andrew Dickson reviews Rylance in the lead role in a new production of Richard III.

  • Herman Koch

    Interview with Dutch novelist Herman Koch.

  • Searching for Sugarman

    Gillian Slovo reviews a new film documentary Searching for Sugarman.

  • Vilde Frang

    Interview with Norwegian violinist Vilde Frang.

  • Mark Rylance as Richard III (image above)

    Mark Rylance as Richard III in Richard III at Shakespeare’s Globe, London 2012.
    Directed by Tim Carroll.
    Photographer: Simon Annand

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