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The Survivalist, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Shakespeare in the Royal Library, The Massive Tragedy of Madame Bovary!

Arts news with Kirsty Lang, including the post-apocalyptic world of The Survivalist, and Strapless, a new production from The Royal Ballet with music by Mark-Anthony Turnage.

The Survivalist is a dark imagining of a post-apocalyptic world where society has collapsed and each must fend for himself. Larushka Ivan-Zadeh reviews this BAFTA nominated film staring Martin McCann.

Composer Mark-Anthony Turnage and Kevin O'Hare, the Director of The Royal Ballet, discuss Strapless, a new ballet inspired by John Singer Sargent's scandalous Portrait of Madame X, choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon.

The Royal Librarian, Oliver Urquhart Irvine, reveals the exhibition, Shakespeare in the Royal Library, at Windsor Castle which traces the royal family's connection with Shakespeare and includes the second folio collected works that Charles I took with him to prison.

The Massive Tragedy of Madame Bovary! is a stage adaptation of Gustave Flaubert's novel at the Liverpool Everyman. Except that this version is a comedy. Vicky Armstrong reviews.

Waldemar Januszczak assesses the Louvre's restoration of Leonardo da Vinci's St John the Baptist, which one expert argues is putting this masterpiece at risk.

Presenter: Kirsty Lang
Producer: Angie Nehring.

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30 minutes



  • Strapless - ballet

    Duration: 08:16

  • Review - The Survivalist

    Duration: 03:56

  • Shakespeare in the Royal Library

    Duration: 07:15

  • Review - The Massive Tragedy of Madame Bovary!

    Duration: 04:18

  • Cleaning Up a Da Vinci

    Duration: 04:46


At the Royal Opera House, London until 11 March

Shakespeare in the Royal Library at Windsor Castle

Shakespeare in the Royal Library at Windsor Castle

From 13 February 2016 to 1 January 2017 at Windsor Castle

Image credit: John Norden, The Description of the Honor of Windesor, 1607, Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2016

The Massive Tragedy of Madame Bovary!

The Massive Tragedy of Madame Bovary!

At the Liverpool Everyman theatre until 27 February

Image credit:Javier Marzan & Emma Fielding in Madame Bovary (c) Jonathan Keenan

The Survivalist (18)

The Survivalist (18)
In key cities across the UK from 12 February

Cleaning Up a Da Vinci

For more information about Renaissance art watch The Renaissance Unchained on BBC Four from Monday 15 February


Role Contributor
Presenter Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest Larushka Ivan-Zadeh
Interviewed Guest Mark-Anthony Turnage
Interviewed Guest Kevin O'Hare
Interviewed Guest Oliver Urquhart Irvine
Interviewed Guest Vicky Armstrong
Interviewed Guest Waldemar Januszczak
Producer Angie Nehring




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