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Front Row

Playing Rosalind, Timbuktu reviewed, Literary Festivals

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

As a new production of As You Like It opens at the Globe Theatre in London, Michelle Terry talks about taking on the role of Rosalind, arguably Shakespeare's meatiest female role. Actors Niamh Cusack and Juliet Stevenson who've played her in the past also describe the pleasures and challenges of playing her.

Timbuktu was nominated for Best Foreign Film at the Oscars and depicts what happens to one family when the city is overrun by fanatical jihadis. Channel 4 News' International Editor Lindsey Hilsum reviews.

As the Hay Festival gets under way, Front Row takes a look at how literary festivals have multiplied in recent years. Are they all economically sustainable? Kirsty asks Peter Florence, director of the Hay Festival; Fiona Razvi of the Wimbledon Bookfest, and bestselling Chocolat author Joanne Harris.

Step into the cinema and you might feel you've stepped back in time - re-makes of films from the 1980s including Mad Max, Poltergeist, Ghostbusters and Terminator are currently showing or due to hit our screens soon. Adam Smith muses on why so many movies from the 1980s, not known as a great decade for classic cinema, are having a revival.

Presenter: Kirsty Lang
Producer: Sarah Johnson. Show less


Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest:
Juliet Stevenson
Interviewed Guest:
Niamh Cusack
Interviewed Guest:
Michelle Terry
Interviewed Guest:
Lindsey Hilsum
Interviewed Guest:
Peter Florence
Interviewed Guest:
Fiona Razvi
Interviewed Guest:
Joanne Harris
Interviewed Guest:
Adam Smith
Sarah Johnson

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