Matthew Bourne's Romeo and Juliet, Little Steven, Judith Kerr
Matthew Bourne's new dance work Romeo + Juliet has a young cast featuring dozens of teenage dancers who auditioned to join his professional company. John talks to choreographer Matthew Bourne, Paris Fitzpatrick and Cordelia Braithwaite who play Romeo and Juliet, and two young dancers from Leicester, Megan Ferguson and Alexander Love.
Little Steven, or Stevie Van Zandt, is best known as the guitarist to Bruce Springsteen and a member of the E Street Band. As he releases Summer of Sorcery, the new album by his all-star band the Disciples of Soul, Little Steven discusses his own music, performing with The Boss, and his unexpected acting role The Sopranos.
The Tiger Who Came To Tea author Judith Kerr has died at the age of 95. Michael Rosen pays tribute and we hear John's recent interview with Judith at her home.
Presenter: John Wilson
Producer: Timothy Prosser
Frank Skinner, George the Poet, TV affecting social change
Comedian Frank Skinner returns to the stand-up stage with his new tour Showbiz which he will be taking to the Edinburgh Fringe this summer where he first made his name, winning a Perrier Award in 1991. Now a radio and panel show host and co-writer of football anthem Three Lions with long time double act David Baddiel, he talks about the changing face of comedy and the thrill of improvisation.
BAFTA have analysed nearly 130,000 non-news programmes between September 2017 and September 2018, and found out that climate change featured fewer times than cats, cakes and picnics. But how much is it the responsibility of the arts to enact social change through its programming? Aaron Matthews, the head of industry sustainability at BAFTA and David Butcher of The Radio Times discuss.
Anna, a new immersive play by Ella Hickson, is a thriller set in 1968 East Berlin, a place where what you said in public and what you might admit in private needed to be rather different. The audience for this production have to wear headsets so as to experience things from the perspective of the secret service. Theatre critic Susannah Clapp reviews.
George the Poet won big at this years British Podcast Awards in a wide range of categories - fiction, arts and culture and current affairs - for his show Have You Heard George's Podcast? He talks about what he felt he could do differently in a podcast as opposed to a new poetry collection.
Presenter: Stig Abell
Producer: Julian May
Stephen Poliakoff, News from Cannes Film Festival, Selina Thompson
Stephen Poliakoff talks about his new BBC Two drama Summer of Rockets. The story of Russian immigrant and inventor Samuel Petrukhin's attempts to induct his family into English high society against the backdrop of the Cold War, stars Toby Stephens, Keeley Hawes and Timothy Spall and is Poliakoff's most autobiographical work yet.
The first time Selina Thompson used her adult passport it was to get on a cargo ship from Belgium to Ghana. She was 25 and beginning a journey that retraced the route of the Transatlantic Slave Triangle. The resulting piece, salt., won plaudits at the Edinburgh Festival and is now at the Royal Court Theatre. She talks about the impact of the piece and why she’s now handed the piece over to actor Rochelle Rose.
More news from the Cannes Film Festival, including the premieres of Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, starring Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio, and Asif Kapadia's documentary Diego Maradona. With film critic Jason Solomons.
Presenter : Kirsty Lang
Producer : Dymphna Flynn
Dexter Fletcher on Rocket Man, Jessica Andrews, Artists as activists, Folio Prize winner
Rocketman is the new Elton John film musical that charts the singer’s life from his upbringing in Pinner, meeting his long-time collaborator Bernie Taupin, making it big and then struggling with addictions. We speak to the director Dexter Fletcher - who also worked on Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody - about making the film which stars Taron Egerton and was executive-produced by Sir Elton and his husband David Furnish
Saltwater is a new novel by Jessica Andrews, a published poet who also runs a literary magazine for under-represented writers. Based on her own life, Saltwater follows the character of Lucy who moves from her working-class family home in Sunderland to university in London and warehouse parties. But her new life is not what she expected.
Artists taking risks – and artists putting themselves at risk – is the focus of a forum happening at Tate Modern this weekend. Áine O’Brien of campaigning group Counterpoint Arts and Syrian playwright Abdullah Alkafri discuss the threats to artistic freedom and expression faced by artists in politically turbulent countries around the world.
We announce the winner of the Folio Prize, open to all genres and all forms of literature, except work written primarily for children.
Presenter: Samira Ahmed Producer Oliver Jones
Cannes, David Chipperfield on I.M. Pei, Denise Mina, Sean Edwards
News from the Cannes Film Festival, including the premieres of Elton John biopic Rocketman and Ken Loach's Sorry We Missed You. With film critic Jason Solomons.
David Chipperfield pays tribute to fellow architect I.M Pei, famous for his iconic designs such as the Louvre pyramid, who has died aged 102.
Scottish crime writer Denise Mina on Conviction, her latest novel whose narrator is obsessed with listening to true crime podcasts.
Welsh artist Sean Edwards has an exhibition at the Venice Biennale in which his elderly mother performs a monologue each day, broadcasting live from her flat in Cardiff into a Venice Church.
Presenter: Kirsty Lang
Producer: Timothy Prosser