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Backstage at Swan Lake, Emily Bronte and Wuthering Heights, Kaffe Fassett

Backstage at Liam Scarlett's production of Swan Lake, the short life of Emily Bronte and the impact of her only novel plus Kaffe Fassett on his latest exhbition.

As the Royal Ballet stages their new production of Swan Lake this week, we go behind the scenes during rehearsals to meet some of the cast and crew, including choreographer Liam Scarlett, designer John Macfarlane and principal dancer Marianela Nuñez.

This year is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Emily Brontë, author of Wuthering Heights. An intense tale of passionate relationships, it is considered one of the most powerful and enigmatic works in English literature. As Wuthering Heights is dramatised on Radio 4, we speak to Christine Alexander, author of the Oxford Companion to the Brontës and Professor John Mullan about the short life of Emily Brontë and the impact of her only novel.

As Kaffe Fassett's vibrant needlepoints and quilts are celebrated in a new exhibition in Bath, the 80 year-old textile designer talks about his love of bright colours.

Presenter: Viv Groskop
Producer: Edwina Pitman.

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30 minutes


  • Emily Bronte 200th anniversary

    Duration: 08:14

  • Kaffe Fassett

    Duration: 07:48

  • Swan Lake

    Duration: 10:23

Emily Bronte 200th anniversary

Emily Bronte 200th anniversary
Wuthering Heights is the
15 minute drama on Radio 4 

Swan Lake at the Royal Opera House

Swan Lake at the Royal Opera House
Marianela Nunez as Odile
Photo credit: Bill Cooper

Main image:
Marianela Nunez and 
Vadim Muntagirov
in the Royal Ballet production of Swan Lake from 17 May at the Royal Opera House
Photo credit: Bill Cooper

Kaffe Fassett

Kaffe Fassett
Kaffe Fassett

A Celebration of Flowers is at the Victoria Art Gallery, Bath from 19 May until 2 Sept


Role Contributor
Presenter Viv Groskop
Interviewed Guest Liam Scarlett
Interviewed Guest John Macfarlane
Interviewed Guest Marianela Nunez
Interviewed Guest Christine Alexander
Interviewed Guest John Mullan
Interviewed Guest Kaffe Fassett
Producer Edwina Pitman




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