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Gypsy, Martin Parr, Hermitage Director, Tennessee Williams Drama Found

April 16th, 2015

Episode 857 of 1302 episodes

Sondheim and Styne's stage production of Gypsy, starring Imelda Staunton, is reviewed by Sarah Crompton. Photographer Martin Parr discusses his collection of Chinese Photobooks at The Photographers' Gallery in London, which chart the culture, history, politics and propaganda of China in photographs from 1900 to the present. Gerri Kimber was undertaking research in archives at the University of Texas when she came across a new fragment of a play by Tennessee Williams. It features the real-life couples DH and Frieda Lawrence, and Katherine Mansfield and John Middleton Murry, caught during the First World War as a Zeppelin threatens overhead. She tells John more about her find. Mikhail Piotrovsky, Director of the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, discusses Russian-British cultural and political relations and how he was behind the recent loan of one of the Elgin Marbles from the British Museum. Presenter John Wilson Producer Jerome Weatherald.