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Queen Anne, John Napier, Google Cultural Institute, Sunset Song

December 1st, 2015

Episode 1054 of 1338 episodes

Kate Williams, author of historical novel The Edge of the Fall, reviews Queen Anne, a new play by Helen Edmundson at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford. Theatre designer John Napier is behind the iconic shows Cats, Miss Saigon and Les Miserables. As he puts on his first major exhibition in his 50 year career he discusses his influences and his approach to design. Google has announced partnerships with performing arts institutions across the world as part of their project, the Google Cultural Institute. Oliver Franklin-Wallis from Wired magazine tells us what's in it for Google. Sunset Song is the new film directed by Terence Davies. Adapted from the classic novel by Lewis Grassic Gibbon, it's the story of a Scottish crofter's daughter who comes of age in the early 1900s and stars Agyness Deyn. Hannah McGill reviews. This year's Man Booker winner Marlon James has said the books market is dominated by white middle class readers demanding stories of 'personal ennui'. Crystal Mahey-Morgan discusses how publishers respond to readers when commissioning novels. Presenter : Kirsty Lang Producer : Dymphna Flynn.

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