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The influential people in theatre; the return of The Muppets

The most influential people in British theatre; the new Muppets movie reviewed; Ian Rankin dissects Death Unexplained on TV; neglected composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor remembered.

With Mark Lawson.

Husband and wife theatre producers Howard Panter and Rosemary Squire, recently named the most influential people in British theatre by The Stage newspaper, discuss how they now run 39 venues around the UK.

Kermit, Miss Piggy and the rest of the Muppets make their cinematic comeback this week, 12 years after their last big screen outing. The new film sees the cast re-unite to save their old theatre from the clutches of an evil oil baron. Natalie Haynes gives her verdict.

Novelist Ian Rankin dissects Death Unexplained, a new TV documentary series about a coroner's office.

To celebrate the centenary of the neglected composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Surrey Opera is staging a world premiere of his recently discovered opera Thelma. Mark finds out why Coleridge-Taylor is now so often overlooked, with composer Errolyn Wallen and music historian Roderick Swanston.

Producer Stephen Hughes.

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30 minutes

Chapters

  • The Muppets

    • The Muppets

      Natalie Haynes reviews the film The Muppets.

      Duration: 04:55

  • Theatre Producing

    • Theatre Producing

      Rosemary Squire and Howard Panter of the Ambassador Theatre Group discuss producing theatre.

      Duration: 10:12

  • Death Unexplained

    • Death Unexplained

      Ian Rankin reviews new TV programme Death Unexplained.

      Duration: 05:14

  • Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

    • Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

      Composer Errolyn Wallen and music historian Roderick Swanston discuss the music of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor.

      Duration: 07:36

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