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Armistead Maupin, Viviana Durante on Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Mining Art Gallery

Arts news, interviews and reviews. Armistead Maupin's memoir, Logical Family; choreographer Sir Kenneth MacMillan's legacy; the new Mining Art Gallery.

Tales of The City writer Armistead Maupin discusses his new memoir Logical Family, which details his early life in an ultra-conservative family in the deep South, serving in Vietnam, and his move to San Francisco, the city with which he is most associated.

On the 25th anniversary of the death of choreographer Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Viviana Durante, former principal ballerina of the Royal Ballet, and dance critic Debra Craine discuss the legacy of the man whose work is currently being celebrated at the Royal Opera House.

The UK's first gallery dedicated to mining art has just opened in Bishop Auckland in County Durham. The Mining Art Gallery celebrates the 'pitmen painters' - the miners who also made art. David Maddan, Chief Executive of the Auckland Project, as well as two local mining art collectors, Dr Robert McManners and Gillian Wales who have donated their entire collection, discuss the project. And local artist and former miner Bob Olly gives a guided tour.

Presenter: John Wilson
Producer: Edwina Pitman.

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30 minutes


  • Armistead Maupin

    Duration: 10:51

  • Viviana Durante on Sir Kenneth MacMillan

    Duration: 08:23

  • Mining Art Gallery

    Duration: 06:44

Armistead Maupin

Armistead Maupin

Logical Family, A Memoir by Armistead Maupin is out now as a hardback, and an ebook and as an audio download.


Main image above: Armistead Maupin

Image credit: Paul Zimmerman/ Getty Images

Smaller image to the left: Armistead Maupin

Image credit: Christopher Turneer

Kenneth MacMillan

Kenneth MacMillan

Kenneth MacMillan: A National Celebration is a season of performances of works choreographed by Sir Kenneth MacMillan, or which were inspired by him, to mark the 25th anniversary of his death.  They are danced by The Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, Scottish Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet and the Yorke Dance Project at the Royal Opera House in London until 01 November 017

Insights for MacMillan at The Swiss Church, London WC2, is a series talks from 24 October to 01 November 2017 about working with Kenneth MacMillan as a dancer, musician and designer as well as insights from his widow and daughter about his choreography.

Image: Edward Watson in Judas Tree.

Image credit: ROH Johan Persson

The Mining Art Gallery

The Mining Art Gallery

The Mining Art Gallery is open now at Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland, County Durham.

Image: the Hewer by Tom McGuiness

Image credit: © Estate of Tom McGuinness. All rights reserved. DACS 2017

Presented at the Mining Art Gallery, The Auckland Project

Rosemary Leach remembered

Rosemary Leach remembered

Image: Rosemary Leach playing Her Majesty the Queen in 2005.


Role Contributor
Presenter John Wilson
Interviewed Guest Armistead Maupin
Interviewed Guest Viviana Durante
Interviewed Guest Debra Craine
Interviewed Guest David Maddan
Interviewed Guest Robert McManners
Interviewed Guest Bob Olly
Producer Edwina Pitman


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