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David Walliams, Sheridan Smith and Rory Kinnear

David Walliams and Sheridan Smith chat to Claudia about their roles as Bottom and Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream - part of the Michael Grandage season

And Rory Kinnear talks about the world premier of his debut play The Herd

Plus film with Xan Brooks, books and the weekly arts round up.

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1 hour, 57 minutes

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Fri 13 Sep 2013 22:00

David Walliams and Sheridan Smith talk about A Midsummer Nights' Dream

David Walliams and Sheridan Smith talk about A Midsummer Nights' Dream

Michael Grandage’s new production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is promising lots of anarchic, earthy loving action. And stars David Walliams as Bottom and Sheridan Smith as Titania – the fairy queen who falls in love with an ass

A Midsummer Night’s Dream starring David Walliams and Sheridan Smith is at the Noel Coward Theatre until November.


Xan Brooks reviews the latest films

Xan Brooks reviews the latest films

1. White House Down

Director: Roland Emmerich
Cast: Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx

Capitol Policeman John Cale (Channing Tatum) has just been denied his dream job with the Secret Service of protecting President James Sawyer (Jamie Foxx). Not wanting to let down his little girl with the news, he takes her on a tour of the White House, when the complex is overtaken by a heavily armed paramilitary group. Now it's up to Cale to save the President, his daughter, and the country.

White House Down is out now, certificate 12A.


2. Rush

Director: Ron Howard
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Brühl, Natalie Dormer, Olivia Wilde

Set against the sexy and glamorous golden age of Formula 1 racing, Rush portrays the exhilarating true story of two of the greatest rivals the world has ever witnessed - handsome English playboy Hunt and his methodical, brilliant opponent, Lauda. There is no shortcut to victory and no margin for error. If you make one mistake, you die.

Rush is certificate 15 and out now


3. In a World

Director: Lake Bell
Cast: Lake Bell, Rob Corddry, Demetri Martin, Fred Melamed

Lake Bell stars in a hilarious and heart-felt comedy about a struggling vocal coach who strikes it big in the cutthroat world of movie-trailer voiceovers, only to find herself in direct competition with the industry’s reigning king — her father.

In a World is in cinemas now, certificate 15

4. Something in the Air DVD / Blueray

Director: Oliver Assayas
Cast: Clement Metayer, Lola Creton, Felix Armand

In Paris during the 70s, a young high school student Giles becomes consumed with the political  turmoil of the time and the aftermath of May '68. However he is torn between his personal ambitions and his commitment to radical politics, a feeling similar to what most of his friends and the people he is surrounded by are going through.

Something in the Air is released on DVD and Blueray on September 24th.

Rory Kinnear talks about his new play The Herd

Rory Kinnear talks about his new play The Herd

Rory Kinnear was writing school plays at the age of 11;  he’s also one of our most in-demand actors. He’s won awards for his performance as Hamlet at the National and just recently, had TV audiences gripped by his role in Southcliffe. His first play The Herd  is a witty and heartfelt look at family life when it doesn’t turn out quite the way you imagined.

The Herd” opens on Friday September 13th at the Bush Theatre.

Thomas Magill goes to Oxford for the Francis Bacon Henry Moore Exhibition

Thomas Magill goes to Oxford for the Francis Bacon Henry Moore Exhibition

Photo courtesy of the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Flesh and Bone brings together works by two giants of 20th-century western art renowned for creating unforgettable images of the human figure. Thomas finds out what, if anything, the two men had in common.

John James reviews latest novels

John James reviews latest novels

John's got two new releases and a personal pick for you this week.


A Fatal Debt
By John Gapper

When Ben, a talented psychiatrist, first meets Harry, former chief executive of a failed Wall Street bank, he diagnoses him as suicidally depressed and admits him to hospital. But when Harry leaves Ben must keep him under observation. After a colleague of Harry's dies amid revelations of fraud, Ben realises he has made a terrible error that threatens both his career and his life.

A Fatal Debt is out now in paperback and published by Gerald Duckworth and Co Ltd

An Officer and a Spy
By Robert Harris

January 1895. On a freezing morning in the heart of Paris, an army officer, Georges Picquart, witnesses a convicted spy, Captain Alfred Dreyfus, being publicly humiliated in front of twenty thousand spectators baying 'Death to the Jew!' But Dreyfuss is the wrong man and Picquart is determined to prove his innocence.

An Officer and Spy is out in hardback on the 26th September, published by Hutchinson.


The Flame Trees of Thika
By Elspeth Huxley

In an open cart Elspeth Huxley set off with her parents to travel to Thika in Kenya. As pioneering settlers among the Kikuyu people, they built a house of grass, ate off a damask cloth spread over packing cases and discovered - the hard way - the world of the African.

The Flame Trees of Thika  is published by Pimlico.

Thomas Magill brings latest news from the Arts Desk

Thomas Magill brings latest news from the  Arts Desk

ROYAL WINDSOR: Two weeks of concerts, exhibitions, plays and much more kicks off on Wednesday. The line-up includes interviews with the author Linda La Plante and historian David Starkey. There's also a chance for guests to wander through some of the state rooms at Windsor Castle and parts of Eton College.


BATH: The Jane Austen Festival runs until the 21st September. There's a whole week of events from a regency fashion show, Pride & Prejudice style, to dances, tours and talks taking place all over the city.


MANCHESTER: The Manchester Art Gallery's "Victorian Views of Scottishness" opens a week today.  Some of thier most popular 19th century paintings by Scottish and English artists will be on display side by side. The plan is to explore how ideas of Scotland have changed over the last two centuries - or not!


WATFORD: Gary Owens new play "Perfect Match" opens on Thursday at The Palace Theatre in Watford.  It's about a couple on the brink of tying the knot, only for a new machine to be invented that promises to scan the persona of everyone in the world to find your PERFECT match.