September 30th, 2016
Episode 1285 of 1398 episodes
Two Van Gogh painting stolen during a dramatic raid in 2002 have been recovered from the Naples mafia. Nienke Bakker, Curator of Paintings at the Van Gogh Museum, tells John Wilson why it's so good to have them back. Written 2,500 years ago by Aeschylus, The Suppliant Women tells the tale of 50 women who have fled their homeland in North Africa to seek asylum in Greece. As the Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh stages the first ever English-language production of it, John talks to playwright David Greig who has written this new version for the first main production of his tenure as the Lyceum's new Artistic Director. Based on Michael Crichton's influential sci-fi movie from 1973, the new HBO TV series Westworld is set in a wild-west theme park staffed by artificial beings where guests can live out their wildest fantasies. Tim Robey discusses the drama which stars Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris and Thandie Newton. From the 12th to the 15th centuries, England enjoyed an international reputation for the quality of its embroideries. As a new exhibition, Opus Anglicanum: Masterpieces of English Medieval Embroidery, opens at the V&A in London, curators Glyn Davies and Clare Browne explain why kings, popes and knights craved to be seen in these lavish robes. As Birmingham Royal Ballet prepares to premiere its new production of The Tempest, the company's Director David Bintley, and the composer Sally Beamish, discuss how they've fused the language of dance and the language of music to create a new ballet. Presenter: John Wilson Producer: Dixi Stewart.