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Peter Gynt, how to listen to opera, The Left Behind, Rip Torn

David Hare's Peter Gynt at the National Theatre, hard-hitting Welsh TV drama The Left Behind and we remember actor Rip Torn

Peter Gynt is a new version of Henrik Ibsen's Peer Gynt written by David Hare and starring James McArdle in the title role. Susannah Clapp reviews the National Theatre and Edinburgh International Festival's production.

How to appreciate opera is the latest in our series of beginners' guides to art forms that are new to us. Stig, who has not spent much time at the opera, asks soprano Danielle de Niese for her top tips.

The Left Behind is a hard-hitting BBC drama about a young working class man in South Wales who becomes radicalised by far-right propaganda. Writer Alan Harris and director Joseph Bullman discuss the show.

Actor Rip Torn died yesterday aged 88. Most famous for his roles in the American hit TV comedy series The Larry Sanders Show and the Men in Black franchise, Rip Torn’s career spanned 6 decades. Journalist Michael Goldfarb talks about the life and career of the American actor.

Presenter: Stig Abell
Producer: Simon Richardson

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Peter Gynt

Peter Gynt
Cast of Peter Gynt
Photo credit: Manuel Harlan

Peter Gynt is at the National Theatre until 8 Oct

Main image: Ann Louise Ross
and James McArdle
Photo credit: Manuel Harlan 

How to listen to opera

How to listen to opera
Stig and Danielle de Niese

Danielle de Niese is performing at the Cheltenham Music Festival, which runs until
14 July and in Cendrillon (Cinderella) at Glyndebourne until 2 Aug

The Left Behind

The Left Behind
Sion Daniel Young

The Left Behind
is on BBC One on 10 July at 10.35 pm and BBC Three 

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