Simon Stephens, Art Everywhere, Radio 2 Book Club
Claudia interviews playwright Simon Stephens about his play "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, which returns to The West End. Director of the Art Fund, Stephen Deuchar about "Art Everywhere". Thomas Magill catches up with the actors, Gary Oldman and Keri Russell about "Rise of the Planet of the Apes". Film Critic Peter Bradshaw reviews this week's films. Anna Bailey talks to Nigel Havers and Christine Kavanagh about starring in "The Importance of Being Earnest". There's also a crime speical as The Radio 2 Book Club goes to Harrogate to explore why some of Britain's best-loved authors flock to this Yorkshire town every year for the crime festival. Joe Haddow will be talking to Ann Cleeves, SJ Watson, Belinda Bauer and Terry Hayes about their experiences of Harrogate and also to the people behind of this incredibly popular festival. Nick Duncalf talks about the popularity of Crime Dramas on TV and Theatre Critic Michael Billington muses about the demise of the "whodunit" in the world of theatre.
If you haven't seen the incredible play or read the book by Mark Haddon, then you quite simply must! It has one of the longest titles in the West End, "The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time" and it cleaned up at the 2013 Olivier Awards with a record equaling seven awards including the prestigious Best New Play.
The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time, adapted by Simon Stephens and directed by Marianne Elliott is on at The Gielgud Theatre and taking bookings until 14th February 2015.
Stephen Deuchar, Director of the Art Fund explains all about “Art Everywhere – A Very Very Big Art Show”, which is in its second year.
Art Everywhere will take place on over 30,000 billboards and outdoor sites across the country from 21st July to 31st August.
Peter Bradshaw with the film review
1. Dawn of The Planet Of The Apes
Director: Matt Reeves
Cast: Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell, Kodi Smith-Mcphee, Enrique Muriciano, Kirk Acevedo
Ten winters after the Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, with mankind all but wiped out by the ALZ-113 virus, Caesar (Serkis) and his fellow apes live peacefully in the forest, content they are now alone. However, their idyll is about to be rudely interrupted by an advance party of survivors looking to re-establish their own pocket of civilisation.
Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes is out now rated 12A
2. Norte, The End Of History
Director: Lav Diaz
Cast: Sid Lucerio, Archie Alemania, Angeli Bayani, Mae Paner
Set in the northwest region of the Philippines, we meet two men Fabian and Joaquin who seem to have nothing in common other than they both live in the same area, and they are both in serious arrears to local money lender Magda. One night, Fabian goes to Magda's house and brutally murders both her and her young daughter. While he flees town, Joaquin is arrested for the murders and, after being let down by a legal system too expensive and confusing for him to navigate, he is sentenced to life in prison. Over the next four years, as he tries to make the best of his horrible situation Eliza, his wife, struggles to provide for her children. As for Fabian, even though he has literally gotten away with murder, he is consumed with a sense of guilt that appears to drive him to the point of madness.
Norte, The End Of History is out now
3. Pudsey The Dog: The Movie
Director: Nick Moore
Cast: David Walliams, Izzy Meikle-Smalls, Spike White, Jessica Hynes and John Sessions
Pudsey The Dog The Movie follows cheeky London stray dog, Pudsey (voiced by David Walliams) who is quite happy being a lone ranger and looking out for number one until he meets siblings Molly, George and Tommy . Following her divorce, their mother Gail is moving the family to the sleepy village of Chuffington-on-Sea and Pudsey tags along, to the dismay of their landlord, Mr Thorne and his cat Faustus
Pudsey The Dog: The Movie is out today rated U
4. DVD - The Lego Movie
Directors: Phil Lord, Chris Miller, Chris McKay
Cast: Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Channing Tatum, Morgan Freeman, Will Ferrell
The wicked Lord Business is determined to destroy the Lego universe and rebuild it using glue - which goes against the very nature of Lego. Mistaken as the 'Special', the only surviving Master Builder, the rather ordinary Emmet is selected to lead a group of figures on a mission to put a stop to Lord Business's evil plan. Emmet is helped by wise wizard Vitruvius, tough girl Wyldstyle and DC superhero Batman, but can he find something extraordinary within himself in order to save the world?
The Lego Movie is out on DVD on 21st July rated U
Michael Billington with the theatre review
It's been three years since the blockbuster "Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes" and Caesar and his colony of apes are back for the sequel "Dawn of The Planet Of The Apes" in cinemas from this weekend.
It has been a decade and much has changed for both the apes and the humans left to survive on earth. Among them is Gary Oldman who plays Dreyfus, their leader, and Keri Russell, a doctor helping to secure the future survival of mankind.
Our Arts Correspondent Thomas Magill caught up with both of them to talk all sorts of monkey business!!
Anna Bailey - The Importance Of Being Earnest
Oscar Wilde wrote The Importance of Being Earnest more than a hundred years ago but it’s still a firm favourite with theatre goers. This week a new production of the play opened at the Harold Pinter Theatre in London featuring a star studied cast including Martin Jarvis, Cherie Lunghi, Sian Phillips, Christine Kavanagh and Nigel Havers. It’s a traditional adaptation with a modern twist as our reporter Anna Bailey found out when she went backstage to meet Nigel and Christine.
The Importance of Being Earnest is running at the Harold Pinter Theatre until the 20 September and then goes on UK tour.
Joe Haddow - Harrogate Crime Literary Festival
Each year, the great and the good of the Crime world gather together in a small Yorkshire town to celebrate one of Britain’s most popular literature genres. The Harrogate Crime Festival is a mecca for many bookworms, who go to hang out with some of the world’s best-loved authors and immerse themselves in all things mysterious and murderous. Our Radio 2 Book Club reporter Joe Haddow took a trip to see what goes on.
The Harrogate Crime Festival takes place this weekend.