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Red Sparrow, Adapting novels for the stage, Neanderthal art

The verdict on Jennifer Lawrence's new spy thriller Red Sparrow, adapting novels for the stage, the Diaspora Pavilion at Wolverhampton Art Gallery and Neanderthal cave paintings.

Jennifer Lawrence stars in new film Red Sparrow as a prima ballerina turned Russian spy trained to seduce her targets. The film is based on a successful novel by former CIA operative Jason Matthews and helmed by Frances Lawrence who also directed Lawrence in the Hunger Games film series. Film critic Anna Smith reviews.

David Edgar's adaptation of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, starring Phil Daniels, is currently touring the country. April de Angelis has adapted Frankenstein for the Manchester Royal Exchange. Both playwrights talk about how they have brought these science fiction classics to the stage and consider why so many new theatre shows are adaptions from famous books.

Paintings deep in caves in Spain reveal that Neanderthals were artists, according to new research published in the journal Science. Professor Paul Pettitt from Durham University tells us how fundamental the making of art is to us and our ancestors.

The Diaspora Pavilion at last year's Venice Biennale showcased the work of 19 British artists responding to the idea of the diaspora of their various cultures. Michael Forbes, one of the artists, gives John a tour of a selection of the works now on display in the UK at the Wolverhampton Art Gallery.

Presenter: John Wilson
Producer: Sarah Johnson.

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30 minutes


  • Red Sparrow

    Duration: 05:02

  • Adaptations

    Duration: 11:01

  • Neanderthal Art

    Duration: 04:24

  • Diaspora Pavilion

    Duration: 07:12

Red Sparrow

Red Sparrow
Jennifer Lawrence

Red Sparrow is on general release from 1 Mar, cert 15

Main image: Jennifer Lawrence in Red Sparrow
Photo credit: 20th Century Fox

Diaspora Pavilion: Venice to Wolverhampton

Diaspora Pavilion: Venice to Wolverhampton
Michael Forbes
Photo credit: Jerome Weatherald

Diaspora Pavilion: Venice to Wolverhampton is at the Wolverhampton Art Gallery until 29 Apr

Adapting novels for the stage

Adapting novels for the stage
Phil Daniels
Photo credit: Mark Douet

The Touring Consortium Theatre Company's Jekyll and Hyde dates and venues

Adapting novels for the stage

Adapting novels for the stage

Frankenstein is on at the Royal Exchange, Manchester from
9 Mar until 14 AprĀ 


Role Contributor
Presenter John Wilson
Interviewed Guest Anna Smith
Interviewed Guest David Edgar
Interviewed Guest April De Angelis
Interviewed Guest Paul Pettitt
Interviewed Guest Michael Forbes
Producer Sarah Johnson




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