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Saturday 20 September 2008
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Kenneth Branagh in Ivanov by Johan Persson
Kenneth Branagh lights up the West End in Ivanov; a Hollywood send up in Tropic Thunder; Juliet Binoche puts on her dancing shoes; and the Cold War arrives at the V&A...
Joining Tom Sutcliffe on this week's panel are:

David Benedict – writer
Maev Kennedy – writer
Catherine O’Flynn – novelist

Kenneth Branagh plays the title role in Chekhov’s explosive portrait of a man plagued with self-doubt and despair, and Gina McKee plays the wife he’s fallen out of love with.

Ivanov is at the Wyndhams theatre in London until 29 November.

Tropic Thunder
Directed by and also starring Ben Stiller, the film is a satire of Vietnam war films and the egotistical characters to be found in Hollywood. It stars Robert Downey Junior as an Australian method actor who dyes his skin black to play an African-American, and Ben Stiller as the ageing star of the 'Scorcher’ action movie franchise. Jack Black plays a drug-addicted star of comedy gross-out movies, who wants to prove he can do serious drama.

Tropic Thunder is at cinemas nationwide from Friday 19 September, certificate 15.

Philip Roth’s new novel is set in 1951, the second year of the Korean War, and tells the story of the son of a kosher butcher who escapes a crushing New Jersey Jewish environment to attend a conservative College in Ohio. Indignation is a tale about work and careers, about sexual discovery, anti-Semitism, families and the bizarre nature of fate and memory.

Indignation by Philip Roth is published by Jonathan Cape

Cold War Modern: Design 1945-1970
This is the first exhibition about the Cold War era at the V&A and examines contemporary design, architecture, film and popular culture on both sides of the Iron Curtain. Exhibits include a Sputnik, films by Stanley Kubrick, paintings by Robert Rauschenberg and a Messerschmidt micro-car.

Cold War Modern: Design 1945-1970 is at the V&A, London, from 25 September to 11 January 2009.

The choreographer and dancer Akram Khan has collaborated with the actress Juliette Binoche on a dance work with design by Anish Kapoor. Binoche has never danced before.

In-I is at the National Theatre until 20 October. After that it goes on an international tour.
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