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Alfred Molina, Rona Munro, Bookshops Turned Publishers

February 5th, 2015

Episode 755 of 1300 episodes

British actor Alfred Molina discusses his new film Love is Strange, a mainstream Hollywood portrayal of a relationship between an elderly gay couple in New York. Playwright Rona Munro was compared to Shakespeare when her Scottish history trilogy The James Plays were performed. For her latest play, Scuttlers, she's moved from 15th century Scotland to 19th century Manchester. She talks to Kirsty Lang about finding stories for today in stories of the past. Henry Layte, who runs The Book Hive in Norwich, and Nic Bottomley, who runs Mr B's Emporium of Reading Delights in Bath, discuss why they've both made the decision to set up as publishers from their shops. And Ben Brantley, chief theatre critic for the New York Times, on the phenomenon of British plays transferring from London's West End to Broadway, including Wolf Hall and King Charles III. Presenter: Kirsty Lang Producer: Olivia Skinner.