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Cyrano, Víkingur Ólafsson plays Philip Glass, Toni Erdmann

Deborah McAndrew adapts Edmond Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac for Northern Broadsides, pianist VIkingur Olafsson plays Philip Glass' Etudes, Briony Hanson on film Toni Erdmann.

As an actress, Deborah McAndrew is probably best remembered as Angie in Coronation Street. As a playwright, she's written a new adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac to mark the 25th anniversary of the theatre company, Northern Broadsides. She describes how she's added a dash of 21st century reasoning to this classic 19th century play set in 17th century France.

The German comedy film Toni Erdmann won rave reviews at Cannes 2016 and is tipped to win best Foreign Film at the Oscars. Briony Hanson reviews Maren Ade's film about a father attempting to reconnect with his high powered daughter. It's the first German comedy released in the UK for over a decade.

New research from the University of York shows that audiences to European cinema almost halved between 2007 & 2013. Clare Binns, Director of Programming at Picturehouse Cinemas, and Briony Hanson discuss why audiences are declining, and recommend their best European films.

Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson has won all the major prizes in his native country, and is the Artistic Director of two music festivals. He's just made a new recording of Philip Glass' Études on Deutsche Grammophon, a label that has been important to him since he was a child looking through his parents' record library.

Presenter: Samira Ahmed
Producer: Angie Nehring.

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30 minutes


  • Deborah McAndrew

    Duration: 08:20

  • Toni Erdmann

    Duration: 04:42

  • European Films

    Duration: 05:59

  • Vikingur Olafsson

    Duration: 12:56


Playwright Deborah McAndrew
Cyrano is at the New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme from 3 - 25 Feb

Cyrano UK Tour

Cyrano opens at the New Vic Theatre in Newcastle-Under-Lyme on Friday 3 February and then tours the UK: West Yorkshire Playhouse; Leeds; Watford Palace Theatre; Liverpool Playhouse; The Dukes, Lancaster ; Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough;  York Theatre Royal; The Lowry, Salford Quays; Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham; Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds; The Viaduct Theatre, Halifax; Derby Theatre; and the run ends at the Oxford Playhouse on 27 May.

Vikingur Olafsson

Vikingur Olafsson
Vikingur Olafsson and Samira Ahmed
His CD - Philip Glass: Piano Works is out now


Role Contributor
Presenter Samira Ahmed
Producer Angie Nehring
Interviewed Guest Deborah McAndrew
Interviewed Guest Briony Hanson
Interviewed Guest Clare Binns
Interviewed Guest Vikingur Olafsson




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