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Julie Taymor, The Driver's Seat, Sarah Winman

June 19th, 2015

Episode 935 of 1300 episodes

The American director Julie Taymor won worldwide acclaim, and became the first woman to win a directing Tony, for The Lion King, the highest grossing musical production on Broadway. She also has a longstanding passion for Shakespeare and has made films both of Titus Andronicus and The Tempest. She discusses her production of A Midsummer Night's Dream as it is released in cinemas. The National Theatre of Scotland's latest production is The Driver's Seat, an adaptation of Muriel Spark's novel of the same name about an enigmatic young woman looking for adventure in a European city. The Glasgow Herald's theatre critic Neil Cooper reviews the show. Sarah Winman's debut novel, When God Was A Rabbit, was one of the big publishing successes of 2011, winning over critics, readers, book prize judges, and apparently, the Duchess of Cambridge. She talks to Kirsty Lang about her second novel A Year of Marvellous Ways. As the David O. Russell film Accidental Love is released under a different director's name, critic Mark Eccleston reflects on the difficult decision faced by film studios when it comes to whether or not to release a troubled film. Presenter: Kirsty Lang Producer: Olivia Skinner.