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Conductor Simon Rattle, artist Lubaina Himid and playwright Roland Schimmelpfennig

Simon Rattle on his first season with the London Symphony Orchestra; James McAvoy's new film, Split; artist Lubaina Himid on two solo shows; playwright Roland Schimmelpfennig.

As Simon Rattle announces his first season as Musical Director of the London Symphony Orchestra, Kirsty Lang asks him about his plans.

The film Split is a psychological horror by M. Night Shyamalan (The Visit, Sixth Sense). It stars James McAvoy as Kevin Crumb, who suffers from Dissociative Identity Disorder and who exhibits 23 alternate personalities. After kidnapping three teenage girls, there's a race against the clock as his captives try to convince one of his personalities to set them free - before the arrival of the 24th personality, the 'beast'. Writer and psychotherapist Mark Vernon reviews.

For the last three decades, artist Lubaina Himid's work has explored historical representations of people from the African diaspora and their cultural contribution to the West. With two big solo shows at Spike Island in Bristol and Modern Art Oxford, Himid talks about making art as an act of political revelation.

It doesn't open in London until November, but hip-hop musical Hamilton is the West End's hottest ticket and touts are offering them for up to £2,500 each. Despite a paperless system - audience members have bring a confirmation email, the bank card used and photo ID - tickets made it onto secondary sites within hours of going on sale. Reg Walker, expert on combating ticket sales irregularity, reveals how touts circumvent such safeguards, and the impact on the audience.

Roland Schimmelpfennig is Germany's most prolific living dramatist. Responding to the rise of the far right in Europe his play Winter Solstice reveals how Fascism insinuates itself, rather than marches in. He talks about the highly unusual form of the play, in which the characters comment on the action, and how such a subject can be funny.

Producer: Julian May.

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30 minutes


  • Sir Simon Rattle

    Duration: 06:13

  • Split

    Duration: 04:13

  • Lubaina Hibid

    Duration: 06:33

  • Ticket touts

    Duration: 04:16

  • Roland Schimmelpfennig

    Duration: 06:26

Simon Rattle

Simon Rattle
Sir Simon Rattle 
Photo credit: Jeff Spicer

London Symphony Orchestra
Main photo credit: Getty Images


James McAvoy in Split

Split is in cinemas nationwide from Friday 20 Jan

Lubaina Himid

Lubaina Himid
Lubaina Himid 
Photo credit: Susan Walsh

Lubaina Himid's art is at the Modern Art Museum, Oxford from 20 Jan - 30 Apr
and at Spike Island, Bristol from 20 Jan - 26 Mar

Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice
Nicholas Le Provost - Winter Solstice
Photo credit: Stephen Cummiskey

Winter Solstice is at the Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond until
11 Feb


Role Contributor
Presenter Kirsty Lang
Producer Julian May
Interviewed Guest Sir Simon Rattle
Interviewed Guest Mark Vernon
Interviewed Guest Lubaina Himid
Interviewed Guest Reg Walker
Interviewed Guest Roland Schimmelpfennig


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