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Saturday Review
Saturday 7.15 - 8.00pm.
Saturday Review offers sharp, critical discussion of the week's cultural events.
This week
Saturday 9 June 2007
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Bob Martin in The Drowsy Chaprone (© Catherine Ashmore)
Elaine Page in a celebration of the 1920s musical; the rebirth of the Royal Festival Hall; George Clooney and Al Pacino in Ocean’s Thirteen; what if Alaska had been designated as the Jewish homeland?
Tom Sutcliffe and guests discuss the cultural highlights of the week

Joining Tom on this week's panel are:

Susannah Clapp – theatre critic
Howard Schuman – screenwriter
Amanda Vickery – historian

The Yiddish Policeman’s Union
This book by the American author Michael Chabon imagines that the new state of Israel collapses and that Alaska is designated as a temporary safe haven for the Jews in 1948. The story is written in the style of a noir thriller and is both a whodunit and an exploration of what it means to be in exile.

The Yiddish Policeman’s Union by Michael Chabon is published by Fourth Estate.

The Drowsy Chaperone
The Drowsy Chaperone stars Elaine Paige in an affectionate pastiche of the
escapist musicals of the 1920s.

The Drowsy Chaperone is at the Novello Theatre, London.

The Royal Festival Hall
The Royal Festival Hall re-opened to the public on Friday 8th June after a multi-million pound re-furbishment with the aim of upgrading all its facilities and improving its famously bad acoustics. To mark the occasion the South Bank are presenting a weekend of free music, dance, film and visual arts starting at dusk on Friday June 8, when massed choirs arrive by candlelit river barge and finishing at dusk on Sunday night. The official First Night Gala Concert is on Monday June 11.

Guest Choice – The Foundling Museum tokens
Amanda Vickery nominates as this week’s guest choice a case of tokens in the Foundling Museum which record women's futile hopes as they gave up their infants in the 18th century. With each child a token was left, while the mother kept a counterpart, against the possiblity of reunion. Mothers gave up buttons, keys, coral necklace, inscribed coins, ribbon, little locks, precious stones, drawings and so on. These are heart-breaking souvenirs of maternal anguish, desperation and the lingering hope of getting their babies back in the end.

The Foundling Museum, 40 Brunswick Square, London WC1N 1AZ
Tel. 020 7841 3600

Tues–Sat 10am–6pm, Sun 12–6pm
Admission £5 Concessions £4 Children up to 16 years FREE

Oceans Thirteen
George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Andy Garcia and Al Pacino star in the new sequel to Ocean's Eleven and Ocean's Twelve. Their latest heist targets a casino and involves them attempting to create a natural disaster.

Ocean's Thirteen (PG) is in cinemas across Britain from Friday June 8
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