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Woyzeck, The Other Side of Hope, Handmaid's Tale, Elif Batuman, California exhibition

John Boyega in Woyzeck, Aki Kaurasmaki's The Other Side of Hope, Handmaid's Tale on Channel 4, Elif Batuman's novel The Idiot, California Designing Freedom exhibition.

John Boyega plays the title role in Woyzeck; an updating of a 19th century German play about a man driven mad by circumstances. How well has the Star Wars actor adapted to the stage? And has Jack Thorne - who adapted Harry Potter for the theatre - made the play relevant for today's audience?
Finnish film director Aki Kaurasmaki's latest film is The Other Side of Hope - told in his trademark low key, quiet manner, it deals with a refugee arriving in Helsinki.
There's a new TV version of The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood's dystopian novel, coming to Channel 4. It's had rave reviews in the US, will it beguile our reviewers?
Turkish/American writer Elif Batuman's latest novel The Idiot is set over the course of one year in a student's life at Harvard in the late 1980s. Her academic pursuits and longing for love are revealed in the novel (which intentionally shares its title with Dostoevsky)
California Designing Freedom is a new exhibition at London's Design Museum celebrating the enormous range of items designed in The Golden State. It ties together the explosion in design with the hippy movement and mind-expanding drugs.

Tom Sutcliffe's guests are Louise Doughty, Giles Fraser and Maev Kennedy. The producer is Oliver Jones.

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Woyzeck

Woyzeck

Woyzeck is at The Old Vic Theatre in London until 24 June. 

Image: Manuel Harlan

The Other Side of Hope

The Other Side of Hope

The Other Side of Hope is in cinemas from 26 May, certificate 12A


Elif Batuman

Elif Batuman

The Idiot is available in hardback and ebook from 31 May.

Image: Beowulf Sheehan


California

California
California runs at the Design  Museum in London until 15 October. 
Image: DIY Bacterial Gene Engineering CRISPR Kit

The Handmaid's Tale

The Handmaid's Tale

The Handmaid’s Tale is broadcast on Channel 4 starting Sunday 28 May at 9pm.


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Presenter Tom Sutcliffe
Interviewed Guest Louise Doughty
Interviewed Guest Giles Fraser
Interviewed Guest Maev Kennedy
Producer Oliver Jones

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