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David Walliams and Sheridan Smith; poet Dannie Abse at 90; Booker Prize changes

Duration:
30 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 18 September 2013

With Mark Lawson.

David Walliams and Sheridan Smith talk about working together in a new staging of A Midsummer's Night's Dream, with Walliams in the role of Bottom and Smith as Titania/Hippolyta. They discuss the difficulties of taking on Shakespeare, the dark sensuality of the play and theatrical rituals and pranks.

The Man Booker Prize for Fiction is currently open to writers from the UK, Ireland and the Commonwealth - but in changes confirmed today, any novel originally written in English and published in the UK could be a contender, opening the Prize to writers from the USA in particular. Ion Trewin, Literary Director of the Booker Prize Foundation, reveals the details.

The distinguished Welsh poet Dannie Abse celebrates his 90th birthday on Sunday. Although best-known for his poetry, Dannie Abse is also a doctor, playwright and author - and he discusses his long career.

Producer Nicki Paxman.

  • A Midsummer Night's Dream

    A Midsummer Night's Dream
    A Midsummer Night’s Dream is part of a season of 5 plays put on by the Michael Grandage Company at the Noël Coward Theatre in London. The play runs until 16 November 2013.
  • Dannie Abse

    Dannie Abse
    Dannie Abse's poetry collections Speak Old Parrot, The Presence and New Selected Poems 1949 – 2009 are available now, published by Hutchinson.

Credits

Presenter
Mark Lawson
Interviewed Guest
David Walliams
Interviewed Guest
Sheridan Smith
Interviewed Guest
Dannie Abse
Producer
Nicki Paxman

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