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Sigourney Weaver, Inventing Impressionism, Anti-Semitism in Theatre

A review of Inventing Impressionism at the National Gallery, a look at anti-semitism in theatre, Sigourney Weaver on her new film Chappie and Simon Rattle's return to the UK.

Sigourney Weaver, the Hollywood actress best-known for playing Ripley in the Alien films, discusses her latest role in Artificial Intelligence Sci-Fi film Chappie.
Inventing Impressionism, a new exhibition at the National Gallery, is devoted to Paul Durand-Ruel, the art dealer who discovered the Impressionist painters. Art critic Matthew Collings reviews.

Over the next couple of months several theatrical stages will host plays depicting Jewish characters. The Royal Shakespeare Company has scheduled two plays to run concurrently - The Jew of Malta and The Merchant of Venice - both of which feature anti-Semitic sentiment and characters, in the form of Barabus and Shylock. Theatre director Justin Audibert and Jewish Studies lecturer Devorah Baum discuss relevance, timing and potential censorship.

Simon Rattle has announced that he will take up a new position conducting the London Symphony Orchestra in 2017. Music critic Tom Service asks what his return means for the UK and whether London will be getting a new concert hall.

Presenter: Samira Ahmed
Producer: Olivia Skinner.

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30 minutes


  • Sigourney Weaver

    Duration: 08:43

  • Inventing Impressionism

    Duration: 05:07

  • Simon Rattle

    Duration: 05:07

  • Anti-Semitism in Theatre

    Duration: 08:42



Chappie is in cinemas from Friday 6 March, certificate 15.

Inventing Impressionism

Inventing Impressionism

Inventing Impressionism is showing at The National Gallery in London until 31 May 2015.

Image: Photograph of Paul Durand-Ruel in his gallery, taken by Dornac, about 1910. Archives Durand-Ruel © Durand-Ruel & Cie


Simon Rattle

Simon Rattle

Sir Simon Rattle has been appointed Music Director of the London Symphony Orchestra. He will take up his appointment in September 2017.

Image : © Simon Fowler 

Anti-Semitism in Theatre

Anti-Semitism in Theatre

The Jew of Malta is showing at the RSC’s Swan Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon from 18 March until 8 September.

The Merchant of Venice is showing Royal Shakespeare Theatre, in Stratford-Upon-Avon from 14 May until 2 September.

The Merchant of Venice is showing  at the Globe Theatre in London from 23 April until 7 June.

Bad Jews is showing at the Arts Theatre in London from 18 March until 30 May.

Image: Justin Audibert, director of The Jew of Malta at the RSC


Role Contributor
Presenter Samira Ahmed
Interviewed Guest Sigourney Weaver
Interviewed Guest Matthew Collings
Interviewed Guest Justin Audibert
Interviewed Guest Devorah Baum
Interviewed Guest Tom Service
Producer Olivia Skinner



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