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Sigourney Weaver, Inventing Impressionism, Anti-Semitism in Theatre

March 3rd, 2015

Episode 793 of 1337 episodes

Sigourney Weaver, the Hollywood actress best-known for playing Ripley in the Alien films, discusses her latest role in Artificial Intelligence Sci-Fi film Chappie. Inventing Impressionism, a new exhibition at the National Gallery, is devoted to Paul Durand-Ruel, the art dealer who discovered the Impressionist painters. Art critic Matthew Collings reviews. Over the next couple of months several theatrical stages will host plays depicting Jewish characters. The Royal Shakespeare Company has scheduled two plays to run concurrently - The Jew of Malta and The Merchant of Venice - both of which feature anti-Semitic sentiment and characters, in the form of Barabus and Shylock. Theatre director Justin Audibert and Jewish Studies lecturer Devorah Baum discuss relevance, timing and potential censorship. Simon Rattle has announced that he will take up a new position conducting the London Symphony Orchestra in 2017. Music critic Tom Service asks what his return means for the UK and whether London will be getting a new concert hall. Presenter: Samira Ahmed Producer: Olivia Skinner.

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