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Amadeus, Astrid Lindgren's war diaries, Richard Wright

Michael Longhurst and Lucian Msamati discuss their new production of Amadeus, plus Astrid Lindgren's war diaries and Richard Wright's artwork for the Queen's House in Greenwich.

37 years after its landmark first production starring Paul Scofield as Salieri and Simon Callow as Mozart, Peter Schaffer's play Amadeus returns to the National Theatre in London. Director Michael Longhurst and Lucian Msamati - who plays Salieri - discuss their new production which features a 30-piece orchestra live on stage.

Before she became famous for creating the freckle-faced optimist Pippi Longstocking, Astrid Lindgren was an aspiring author living in Stockholm at the outbreak of World War II. Astrid's daughter Karin Nyman and author Meg Rosoff discuss A World Gone Mad - Astrid Lindgren's War Diaries, now available for the first time in English, which paint a picture of life in a neutral country during the conflict, and her emergence as a writer.

As the Creative Industries Federation publishes its report on the possible impact of Brexit on the Arts, we speak to its Chief Executive John Kampfner about the key findings.

Turner Prize-winning artist Richard Wright discusses his gold-leaf, ornamental design for the ceiling and walls of the Queen's House in Greenwich, the 17th century Palladian villa designed by the celebrated British architect Inigo Jones, which re-opened to the public recently.

Presenter Clemency Burton-Hill
Producer Jerome Weatherald.

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30 minutes


  • Amadeus

    Duration: 07:47

  • The possible impact of Brexit on the Arts

    Duration: 05:09

  • Astrid Lindgren's war diaries

    Duration: 07:24

  • Richard Wright

    Duration: 06:17



Adam Gillen as Mozart in the National Theatre's production of Amadeus
Photo credit: Marc Brenner

Main picture shows Lucian Msamati as Antonio Salieri
Photo credit: Marc Brenner


Astrid Lindgren's War Diaries

Astrid Lindgren's War Diaries
A World Gone Mad, The Diaries of Astrid Lindgren 1939 - 1945 is out now

Queen's House, Greenwich

Queen's House, Greenwich
The Queen's House is open to the public at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich
Photo credit: Richard Wright


Role Contributor
Presenter Clemency Burton-Hill
Interviewed Guest Michael Longhurst
Interviewed Guest Lucian Msamati
Interviewed Guest Karin Nyman
Interviewed Guest Meg Rosoff
Interviewed Guest John Kampfner
Interviewed Guest Richard Wright
Producer Jerome Weatherald




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