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Marc Almond and John Harle; Willy Russell on Liverpool's Everyman Theatre; Gary Shteyngart

Duration:
30 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 27 February 2014

With Will Gompertz.

Marc Almond and John Harle discuss their new collaboration, The Tyburn Tree, a collection of songs about Gothic London, whose subjects include the Highgate Vampire, Jack The Ripper and the Elizabethan mystic John Dee.

50 years ago the Liverpool Everyman theatre opened its doors to the public for the first time. 40 years ago, Willy Russell provided the theatre with his first big hit play and their first London transfer - John, Paul, George, Ringo... and Bert. As the Everyman re-opens after an extensive three-year building project, Willy Russell discusses the theatre's past. Gemma Bodinetz, Artistic Director of the Everyman and Playhouse theatres, and theatre writer Lyn Gardner discuss what the role of the theatre building should be in the 21st century.

Gary Shteyngart, the Russian-born American author, whose books include The Russian Debutante's Handbook and Super Sad True Love Story, has recently released his memoir, Little Failure. Named after the nickname bestowed upon him by his mother, the book documents Gary's childhood in the Soviet Union, his move to America at the age of seven, and his life thereafter as a Russian Jewish immigrant and wannabe writer.

Glastonbury was named Best Festival at last night's NME Awards and this morning Dolly Parton announced that she has been booked for this year. Emily Eavis explains how they choose their megastar line-ups and what she intends to do with the festival as she takes a more prominent role in its planning.

Producer: Ellie Bury.

  • Marc Almond & John Harle

    The Tyburn Tree is the new album from Marc Almond and John Harle out now on Sospiro Records. Their tour for The Tyburn Tree begins this Sunday 2 March 2014.
  • Everyman Theatre Liverpool

    The new Everyman Theatre in Liverpool reopens its doors to the public this weekend on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 March 2014. 
  • Gary Shteyngart

    Little Failure: A memoir by Gary Shteyngart is out today in hardback, paperback and ebook, published by Hamish Hamilton.

Credits

Presenter
Will Gompertz
Interviewed Guest
Marc Almond
Interviewed Guest
John Harle
Interviewed Guest
Willy Russell
Interviewed Guest
Gemma Bodinetz
Interviewed Guest
Lyn Gardner
Interviewed Guest
Gary Shteyngart
Interviewed Guest
Emily Eavis
Producer
Ellie Bury

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