Summer Season of Guest Editors with Alexei Sayle
The Radio 2 Arts Show Summer Season of Guest Editors continues this week with Alexei Sayle
With special guests from the world of the arts....
Rufus Hound talks about his new play Neville's Island
David Baddiel joins Alexei from the Edinburgh Fringe
Comedian and magician Ali Cook drops by ahead of his new tour
The Stranglers JJ Burnel chats about his upcoming 6Music Prom
Plus the latest film and theatre reviews with Helen O'Hara and Michael Billington
The Radio 2 Arts Show Summer Season of Guest Editors continues next week with Anna Chancellor.
Rufus Hound stars in Neville's Island
Rufus Hound is Roy in Tim Firth’s play Neville’s Island. Four, out-of-shape, middle-aged men sent off for some management bonding find themselves shipwrecked on an island in the Lake District.
Neville’s Island at Chichester’s Theatre in the Park between the 11th and 28th September.
Helen O'Hara reviews the latest films
1. Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa
Director: Declan Lowney
Cast: Steve Coogan, Colm Meaney, Sean Pertwee, Anna Maxwell Martin
Alan Partridge has had many ups and downs in life. National television broadcaster. Responsible for killing a guest on live TV. Local radio broadcaster. Nervous breakdown in Dundee. Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa portrays the events of the greatest low-to-high ebb spectrum in his life to date, namely how he tries to salvage his public career while negotiating a potentially violent turn of events at North Norfolk Digital Radio.
Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, is in cinemas now.
2. The Lone Ranger
Director: Gore Verbinski
Cast: Johnny Depp, Arnie Hammer, Ruth Wilson, Helena Bonham Carter, Tom Wilkinson
In the 1930s, an elderly Tonto tells a young boy the tale of John Reid, the Lone Ranger. An idealistic lawyer, he rides with his brother and fellow Texas Rangers in pursuit of the notorious Butch Cavendish. Ambushed by the outlaw and left for dead, John Reid is rescued by the renegade Comanche, Tonto, at the insistence of a mysterious white horse, and offers to help him to bring Cavendish to justice. Becoming a reluctant masked rider with a seemingly incomprehensible partner, Reid pursues the criminal against all obstacles. However, John and Tonto learn that Cavendish is only part of a far greater injustice and the pair must fight in an adventure that would make them a legend.
The Lone Ranger is out now.
3. Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters
Director: Thor Freudenthal
Cast: Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario, Anthony Head, Nathan Fillion, Sean Bean, Stanley Tucci
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters continues the young demigod’s epic journey to fulfill his destiny. To save their world, Percy (Logan Lerman) and his friends must find the fabled and magical Golden Fleece. Embarking on a treacherous odyssey into the uncharted waters of the Sea of Monsters (known to humans as the Bermuda Triangle), they battle terrifying creatures, an army of zombies, and the ultimate Evil.
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, is in cinemas now.
Director: Danny Boyle
Cast: James McAvoy, Vincent Cassel, Rosario Dawson
An art auctioneer who has become mixed up with a group of criminals, partners up with a hypnotherapist in order to recover a lost painting.
Trance is out on DVD and Blu ray now.
David Baddiel returns to Stand Up in Fame: Not the Musical
David Baddiel is back doing stand-up and he is the subject of this Edinburgh show. He'll be talking about his relationship with fame over the years, how celebrity changed him and happily admits, he’s not as famous as he used to be.
Fame: Not the Musical is at the George Square Theatre until the 11th August and then for four nights at London’s Southbank from the 29th October.
Ali Cook, Magician and Stand up artist
Ali Cook is one of the best Magicians in the game – mixing magic with standup. He's about to embark on a national tour
Ali Cook’s Principles and Deceptions Tour runs from the 31st August to December 14th.
Michael Billington reviews the latest theatre productions
1. The Same Deep Water As Me
This is a new comedy by Nick Payne whose last play, Constellations, was a popular prize-winner. This new one is about the compensation culture and shows the supposed victim of a car-accident conning a pair of Luton solicitors into putting in a claim against a big supermarket.
The Same Deep Water As Me runs at the Donmar Warehouse, London until September 28.
2. The Sound of Music
With a timeless score which includes ‘Do-Re-Mi’, ‘Climb Ev’ry Mountain’, ‘My Favourite Things’, ‘Sixteen Going on Seventeen’ and ‘Edelweiss’, The Sound of Music has inspired audiences across the world with its story of love and freedom.
The Sound of Music at the Open Air, Regent's Park runs until 7th September.
3. Arrivals and Departures (the new Ayckbourn) At a London mainline rail terminus an elaborate trap is deployed in an attempt to capture a dangerous and elusive terrorist, codenamed Cerastes.
Major Quentin Sexton and his hand-picked SSDO (Strategic Simulated Distractional Operations) Unit are poised, ready to pounce. To assist them, civilian witness Barry Hawkins and Ez Swain, his ‘minder’, are on hand to confirm final identification.
What can possibly go wrong? For the luckless Major quite a lot really, when his key witness turns out to be a garrulous, suspiciously unreliable traffic warden and the minder, a troubled young female soldier with severe attitude problems. On top of which, is Quentin’s so-called elite unit really all it’s cracked up to be?
Alan Ayckbourn’s Arrivals and Departures runs at the Stephen Joseph in Scarborough until 5th October.
4. All's Well That Ends Well
Helena’s gifted, kind and in love. In love with a man who doesn’t love her in return. When he is forced to marry her against his will, he volunteers to fight in a distant war, desperate to experience life, rather than be tied to a devoted wife.
Heartbroken that her love has forced him to join the war, Helena turns her back on the world until years later fate throws them together again. Deciding she must take action, a game of mistaken identity unfolds as Helena finally sees a path to happiness in Shakespeare's comic and touching romance.
All's Well That Ends Well runs at Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford until 26th September 2013
Jean Jacques Burnel talks about the Stranglers' 6 Music Prom
The Stranglers burst on to the Punk scene in late 70's and have been with us in one guise or another ever since. They’re about to perform at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the 6Music Prom.
The Stranglers play the 6Music Prom at the Royal Albert Hall on the 12th August.