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Jenna Russell, Mark Umbers and Gary Kemp

Musical theatre stars Jenna Russell and Mark Umbers drop by to talk about Merrily We Roll Along

Author Sophie Kinsella talks to Claudia about her new book Wedding Night

Musician Gary Kemp takes us on a tour of the David Bowie Is exhibition at the V&A

Actor Luke Treadaway stops by ahead of this Sunday's Oliviers to talk about his Best Actor nomination for The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time.

Plus Peter Bradshaw has all the latest film news and cinema releases; Michael Billington reviews the latest theatre and Anna Bailey rounds up the next seven days of arts news from around the country.

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1 hour, 57 minutes

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Fri 26 Apr 2013 22:00

'David Bowie Is' Exhibition

'David Bowie Is' Exhibition
Gary Kemp and Vicky Broake take the R2 Arts Show on a tour of the David Bowie Is exhibition at the V&A.

Jenna Russell and Mark Umbers talk about Merrily We Roll Along

Jenna Russell and Mark Umbers talk about Merrily We Roll Along

Jenna Russell and Mark Umbers have achieved quite a resume of stage and screen credits between them…….Guys and Dolls, Sweet Charity, Sunday In The Park With George, The Glass Menagerie to name just a few.  Now they’re taking to the stage in the revival of Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along at the Harold Pinter Theatre.

You can see Jenna and Mark in Merrily We Roll Along at the Harold Pinter Theatre, London until the end of July.

Luke Treadaway talks about The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time

Luke Treadaway talks about The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time

When nominations for the Olivier Awards were announced by Ruth Wilson and Elaine Paige live on Radio 2, the National Theatre’s production of The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time led the field with eight nominations - including a Best Actor nod for its star - Luke Treadaway.  The hit play is based on the best selling book about an autistic teenager who’s a genius with numbers.  So it’s doubly impressive that Luke’s up for the award as he’s the first to admit he was “awful” at maths at school.

You can see Luke in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time at The Apollo Theatre, Shaftsbury Avenue until the end of August.

Peter Bradshaw talks about the latest film releases

The Look Of Love

Director: Michael Winterbottom

Cast: Steve Coogan, Anna Friel, Imogen Potts, Tamsin Egerton


Steve Coogan stars in the true-life story of Paul Raymond, the man behind Soho’s notorious Raymond Revue Bar and Men Only magazine. In this latter-day King Midas story, Raymond becomes one of the richest men in Britain – at the cost of losing those closest to him.


The Look Of Love is certificate 18, out now


Iron Man 3


Director: Shane Black

Cast: Robert Downey Jr, Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Ben Kingsley, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall


When Tony Stark's personal world is brought crashing down at the hands of his arch-nemesis, the Mandarin, he sets out on a harrowing quest to take revenge, relying on his own ingenuity to protect himself and those closest to him. The chips are down, but he fights his way back up in a journey that leads him to answer the question that has been quietly haunting him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?


Iron Man 3 is certificate 12A, in cinemas now


In The Fog


Director: Sergei Loznitsa

Cast:  Vladimir Svirskiy, Vladislav Abashin, Vlad Ivanov


Set on the Western frontiers of the USSR in 1942, two soldiers are ordered to kill a suspected collaborator. The innocent suspect desperately tries to save his honour. Faced with his enemies deep in an old forest, where there is no difference between treason and heroism, the main character has to try to make a moral choice in rather trying circumstances.


In The Fog is certificate 12A, in cinemas now



Billy Liar – 50th anniversary re-issue (DVD & blu-ray)


Director: John Schlesinger

Cast: Tom Courtenay, Julie Christie, Wilfred Pickles, Mona Washbourne, Ethel Griffies


Undertaker's clerk Billy (Tom Courtenay) escapes his dreary small town existence in a 1950s Northern town by living in a fantasy world where he realises his ambitions. When his job, unsympathetic working class family and two fiancees threaten to become too much, he meets fashionable Julie Christie, who offers him his one chance for real escape.


Billy Liar, the 50th anniversary re-issue is out now on DVD and blu-ray.

Sophie Kinsella talks about her new book, Wedding Night

Sophie Kinsella talks about her new book, Wedding Night

Sophie Kinsella wrote her first novel under her real name, Madeleine Wickham, whilst working as a financial journalist. The Tennis Party was immediately hailed as a success by critics and the public alike and became a top ten bestseller.  She published 6 more novels as Madeleine Wickham before racing into the UK bestseller lists in September 2000 - as Sophie Kinsella this time - with her first novel in the Shopaholic series.  Eleven number one bestselling novels later her new book – called Wedding Night – is about a marriage pact between old friends.

Michael Billington's latest selection of theatre

Othello at the Olivier

This is a real hot ticket. It's got Adrian Lester as the Moor and Rory Kinnear as Iago who, of course, plays on Othello's insecurity to destroy him. Nicholas Hytner directs and, as with most of his recent Shakespeares, sets the action in today's world.


Othello runs at the Olivier until late summer and is broadcast live to cinemas on September 28.


Children Of The Sun at the Lyttelton


It's a busy time for the National. This is a play by the Russian, Maxim Gorky, written in 1905 just after the Tsar's troops had massacred a group of peaceful protestors. But Gorky is writing about the middle-classes who keep their heads in the sand even in a time of chaos.


Children of the Sun is at the Lyttelton until July 14.



The Empress at The Swan, Stratford on Avon


This is a new play by Tanika Gupta about the little-known subject of Victorian Asians. We see Abdul Karim coming to England in 1887 to be Queen Victoria's Hindi teacher and, at the same time, the 16-year-old Rani trying to scrape a living in England as a children's nanny.


The Empress runs at The Swan in Straford-on-Avon until May 4.



The Breadwinner at the Orange Tree, Richmond


Somerset Maugham was a popular playwright as well as novelist. This play, written in 1930, is about a stockbroker who can't meet his financial claims and who decides the only thing to do is walk out on both the City and his family.


The Breadwinner is at the Orange Tree Richmond until May 18.

Anna Bailey's Arts Round-Up

CLASSICAL MUSIC:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra with a concert dedicated to the composer Benjamin Britten at the Queens Hall in Edinburgh


CONTEMPOARY ART:  Lynn Chadwick: Evolution in Sculpture a new exhibition at the Abbot Hall Art Gallery and Blackwell, the Arts and Crafts House in the Lake District


BALLET:  English National Ballet and English National Ballet School team up to present My First Cinderella at the Churchill Theatre in Bromley and then the New Theatre in Oxford, The Hawth in Crawley and The Opera House in Manchester.


THEATRE FESTIVAL: High Tide Festival in Suffolk with 45 different productions being performed and read. David Hare is the festival patron or THEATRE: The Kite Runner at the Nottingham Playhouse adapted from Khaled Hussein’s award winning novel.


TRADITIONAL ART: Masterpieces from the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg open to the public at the Houghton Hall in Norfolk


JAZZ: Cheltenham Jazz Festival from the 1-6 May 2013


FILM: The Science Fiction Film Festival in London


MUSICAL THEATRE:  ONCE, the Tony award winning musical at the Phoenix Theatre in London