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Angela Lansbury, Richard Deacon, Philip Seymour Hoffman

Arts news. Mark Lawson talks to Angela Lansbury, who is about to star in Blithe Spirit in the West End. And director Anton Corbijn pays tribute to the actor Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Mark Lawson talks to Dame Angela Lansbury, who returns to the West End stage after 40 years to play Madame Arcati in Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit. She discusses her mother, an actress, her wish to return to Murder She Wrote, and her ambivalence about Hollywood.

Philip Seymour Hoffman's death was announced yesterday. Anton Corbijn - who directed him recently in A Most Wanted Man - pays tribute to the actor, whose films include The Master, Doubt, Happiness and Capote, for which he won an Oscar.

Mark talks to the Turner Prize-winning artist Richard Deacon, whose exhibition of sculptures and drawings is about to open at Tate Britain. For more than four decades he has used materials ranging from laminated wood and polycarbonate to leather, cloth and ceramic.

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  • Angela Lansbury

    Duration: 12:46

  • Philip Seymour Hoffman

    Duration: 07:50

  • Richard Deacon

    Duration: 07:43

Angela Lansbury

Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward starring Angela Lansbury and directed by Michael Blakemore is at the Gielgud Theatre in London from 1 March until 7 June 2014.

Philip Seymour Hoffman

Philip Seymour Hoffman talks to Mark Lawson in 2002.

Richard Deacon

An exhibition of the work of British sculptor Richard Deacon is at Tate Britain in London from Wednesday 5 February until 27 April 2014.

Gallery: Richard Deacon


Role Contributor
Presenter Mark Lawson
Interviewed Guest Angela Lansbury
Interviewed Guest Anton Corbijn
Interviewer Richard Deacon
Producer Timothy Prosser


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