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Hytner and Spacey, Wild Tales, Hofesh Shechter

March 27th, 2015

Episode 829 of 1502 episodes

Nicholas Hytner became director of the Nation Theatre in 2003, the same year Kevin Spacey was appointed to lead The Old Vic. Now both are moving on. In Front Row John Wilson assesses the achievements - and shortcomings of the men who brought stars Jeff Goldblum and Kristin Scott Thomas, and works such as 'War Horse' and 'One Man Two Guvnors' to the stage. David Threlfall plays Noah and Joanne Whalley as his wife in 'The Ark' on BBC 1 on Monday. A. N. Wilson reviews this retelling of the biblical story of the flood. Gaylene Gould joins John to review 'Wild Tales' which was nominated in the best foreign film category in this year's Oscars. In this black comedy from Argentina, six stand alone shorts are united by a common theme of violence and vengeance. And John talks to the choreographer Hofesh Shechter, known for visceral, political and provocative dance inspired by growing up in Jerusalem, who has created 'Untouchable', a major new work for the Royal Ballet. Producer: Julian May.

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