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Chris Pratt, London Road, A Damsel in Distress, The Hook

June 10th, 2015

Episode 928 of 1300 episodes

Chris Pratt, star of The Lego Movie and Guardians of the Galaxy, discusses his role in the new Jurassic Park film and explains why he's happy to be objectified over his newly-sculpted physique. London Road is the new film adaptation of the National Theatre's stage musical about the 2006 murders of five women in Ipswich. The NT's new Artistic Director Rufus Norris directed the original version on stage and has now directed the film. Dreda Say Mitchell reviews. Rob Ashford, Tony award-winning director and choreographer, and Jeremy Sams, musician and writer, join Kirsty to talk about the first stage musical version of A Damsel in Distress in Chichester, the story of an heiress living in a castle who bumps into an American composer of hit musicals. It's based on a PG Wodehouse novel with songs by George and Ira Gershwin including the classics Nice Work If You Can Get It and A Foggy Day. Arthur Miller's The Hook was originally written as a screenplay, but remained unproduced after the FBI suppressed the drama for fear of it causing unrest amid the political tensions of the 50s. It has now been adapted for the stage and has received its world premiere at the Royal and Derngate Theatre in Northampton. Sarah Hemming reviews. Presenter Kirsty Lang Producer Rebecca Armstrong.