Front Row

BBC Radio 4

Society & Culture

Live magazine programme on the worlds of arts, literature, film, media and music


Mike Leigh, Omar Sharif, Yves Saint Laurent, Online Orchestra

July 10th, 2015

Episode 950 of 1502 episodes

50 years ago, Mike Leigh directed the premiere of David Halliwell's play Little Malcolm and his Struggle Against the Eunuchs. As a 50th anniversary revival of the revolutionary play opens, its director Clive Judd joins Mike Leigh to discuss the challenge of the play and its lasting relevance. Omar Sharif made a huge impact with his performances in Lawrence of Arabia and Dr Zhivago and became the first internationally famous Arab actor. He is remembered by Rita Tushingham, a fellow star in Dr Zhivago, and by the film historian Ian Christie. The first British retrospective of the haute couture of Yves Saint Laurent goes on display at the Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle. Shahidha Bari reviews Yves Saint Laurent: Style is Eternal. The Online Orchestra will make its premiere performance at Truro Cathedral on Sunday. Run by Falmouth University and funded by the AHRC, its aim is to create an orchestra that will allow people who live hundreds of miles apart to make music together for the first time.

Featured Podcast