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Penny meets actor Simon Shepherd

Penny meets actress and singer Frances Ruffelle and actor Harry Hepple, both of whom are starring in the Menier Chocolate Factory's production of Pippin, a coming-of-age story with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. Harry Hepple will be playing Pippin, and Frances Ruffelle, best known for creating the role of Eponine in Les Misérables for the RSC and in the West End - for which she received the Tony Award, Theatre World Award and Outer Critics Circle Award when she recreated the role on Broadway, will be playing Fastrada.

Actor Simon Shepherd discusses his role in Coram Boy at the Bristol Old Vic. Set in South West England in the 18th century, Coram Boy is about the power of human kindness to transform people's lives.

With Michelle Williams' show-stopping performance in My Week With Marilyn hitting cinema screens last week, the world's going Marilyn Monroe-mad as 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the star's death. Author Andrew Hansford tells us about his book Dressing Marilyn which focuses on Marilyn's style - and her relationship with her favourite designer and friend William Travilla, the man who designed the iconic pink cocktail dress she sang Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend.

Plus Michael Billington reviews the latest theatrical productions and Nick Duncalf critiques this week's film releases, including Happy Feet 2.

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Fri 2 Dec 2011 22:00