Trevor Nunn and Olivia Williams
Sir Trevor Nunn and Olivia Williams lead St James Theatre into its second year with Scenes From A Marriage, directed by Trevor and starring Olivia
Plus films with Peter Bradshaw, books and the weekly arts round up.
Trevor Nunn and Olivia Williams talk about Scenes from a Marriage
When Ingmar Bergman decided to put a marriage under the microscope, the results were never likely to be pretty. Scenes from a Marriage is an unflinchingly, claustrophobic play that charts the disintegration of a relationship from love to bitter cruelty, infidelity and sexual discontent.
Scenes from a Marriage runs until 9th November at the St James Theatre in London
Anna Bailey talks to Cate Blanchett about Blue Jasmine
Cate Blanchett’s tipped for an Oscar for her lead role in Woody Allen’s new comedy film drama Blue Jasmine she is Jasmine, a New York socialite who falls on hard times after her marriage to a wealthy businessman falls apart. In order to reinvent herself she moves to San Francisco to be with her sister Ginger but finds she can’t quite shrug off her past..
Peter Bradshaw reviews latest films
Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel
Cast: Naomi Watts, Naveen Andrews
During the last two years of Diana's life, she embarked on a love affair with a Pakistani surgeon who encouraged her to use her fame and influence for good. However, despite their efforts to keep it a secret, this relationship was to suffer the constant media spotlight, leading both to question if their love for each other was worth the scrutiny.
Diana is out now.
Director: Beeban Kidron
Cast: Unknown actors
Beeban Kidron examines the effect that the internet has on British teenagers in this documentary, putting forward the hypothesis that instead of providing freedom and allowing for creativity, the internet traps and alienates teenagers in an ultimately damaging way...
InRealLife is in cinemas now.
3. The Call
Director: Brad Anderson
Cast: Halle Berry, Abigail Breslin, Morris Chestnut
The Call, is a high-stakes, edge-of-your-seat thriller: a thin thread of survival separates a teenage kidnap victim from her only hope: a compassionate, steady voice on the other end of a cell phone, 911 veteran Jordan (HALLE BERRY) marshalls all the resources she can to find her.
The Call is out now
4. Stories We Tell
Director: Sarah Polley
Cast: Her friends and family
Oscar-nominated filmmaker Sarah Polley, takes on the role of detective and director as she investigates some of her own family's secrets. By interrogating a cast of family members and acquaintances, of varying reliability, Sarah gets to the bottom of her family's mythology surrounding her late mother, Diane Polley.
In doing that, she unravels the essence of family and how their narratives can shape our lives as individuals.
Stories We Tell is released on DVD and BLU Ray on the 23rd September
Tom Ellis talks about The Lyons
There’s nothing like death to bring a family together. But in Nicky Silver’s play, The Lyons, one family’s compassion soon gives way to sniping, arguing, bitterness and decades-old resentment but it is a comedy. In America, it won rave reviews. Tom Ellis plays Curtis, the gay son of his homophobic but dying father.
The Lyons is at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London until 16th November.
Thomas Magill meets Tom Ravenscroft at The MAC Belfast's brand new arts venue
With almost half a million visitors popping into The MAC Belfast in its first year, the venue has quickly established itself as a major part of the vibrant arts and cultural scene within the city.
Housing two theatres, a dance studio and a number of art galleries amongst other spaces, it's now nationally and internationally known as a destination for music, theatre and dance acts keen to perform in the province.
Now the entire building has been handed over to guest curator 6 music's Tom Ravenscroft for this years "In the Court Of" Festival which kicks off on Wednesday.
Thomas Magill was given a tour of the centre by the festival's brainchild Gillian Mitchell and spoke to the band Girls Names - one of only two local acts performing - before catching up with the man in charge Tom Ravenscroft back in London...
Samantha Buckley reviews the latest book releases
1. Burial Rites
Based on actual events, and set in 1829, this is the story of the last public execution in Iceland. There were no prisons in Iceland, so the condemned woman's held on a remote farm and guarded by the farmer and his family who are horrified to have a convicted murderer in their midst, and avoid contact with her. They hear her story and realise that all is not as it seems
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent is published by Macmillan and out now
Sarah, the orphaned housemaid, spends her days scrubbing the laundry, polishing the floors, and emptying the chamber pots for the Bennet household. But there is just as much romance, heartbreak, and intrigue downstairs at Longbourn as there is upstairs. When a mysterious new footman arrives, the orderly realm of the servants’ hall threatens to be completely, perhaps irrevocably, upended.”
Longbourn by Jo Baker is published by Transworld, available now
3. The Universe Versus Alex Woods
A rare meteorite struck Alex Woods when he was ten years old, leaving scars and marking him for an extraordinary future. The son of a fortune teller, bookish, and an easy target for bullies, Alex hasn't had the easiest childhood. But when he meets curmudgeonly widower Mr. Peterson, he finds an unlikely friend. Someone who teaches him that that you only get one shot at life. That you have to make it count.
So when, aged seventeen, Alex is stopped at customs with 113 grams of marijuana, an urn full of ashes on the front seat, and an entire nation in uproar, he's fairly sure he's done the right thing.
The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence is published by Hodder & Stoughton
Thomas Magill brings news from the Arts Desk
FESTIVAL Well for those of us who like bargains - the first ever "Festival of Thrift" is taking place this weekend at Lingfield Point in Darlington. The two day event aims to demonstrate the beauty of recycling, upcycling, foraging and generally living better for less - whilst still being super stylish.
It's the brainchild of Gerardine and Wayne Hemingway - who ooze "coolness" - and as well as them being on hand - there'll also be others experts, demonstrations and off-course tips for living more sustainable....
THEATRE Theatre now - and on Wednesday evening - Arthur Miller's classic "All My Sons" opens at the Manchester Royal Exchange - starring Don Warrington and Dona Croll and runs until 26th October
THEATRE AND POETRY There's a chance to see Shakespeare in 97 minutes at the Key Theatre in Peterborough on Thursday evening. It's only on for one evening - but if you're in the area and can't make that - then perhaps the venues "We Love Words" poetry festival would be of interest. It kicked off today and runs until the 28th of September and has lots of smaller events as well as a appearances from Michael Portillo, Alexi Sayle - one of our very own guest editors from the summer - and Germaine Greer - so something for everyone up there in Peterborough.
EXHIBITION Hurvin Anderson's exhibition opens on Wednesday at the IKON Gallery in Birmingham.and is on until the 10th November.
MUSIC The British Para-Orchestra played at the Paralympics last year and will open the Ipswich School Festival of Music on Thursday. Expect a number of well-known pieces of music that have been reworked by the group - it's also worth noting on the bill this year there's performances by the left handed pianist Nicholas McCarthy and organist Nicholas Freestone too.