George the Poet, Víkingur Ólafsson, Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Pride and Prejudice


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Continuing his weekly live performances as Front Row’s Lockdown Artist in Residence, Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson performs live from the empty Harpa concert hall in Reykjavik. Tonight Víkingur will play The Arts and the Hours by Rameau, an interlude from the 18th Century French composer’s final opera, Les Boreades. George The Poet is a London-born spoken word performer of Ugandan heritage. His podcast 'Have You Heard George’s Podcast?' has won armfuls of awards and his work as a recording artist and a social commentator has now been recognised at the Visionary Honours Awards for championing diversity and inclusion in the arts, entertainment and showbiz. Elizabeth Newman, director of the Pitlochry Festival Theatre, is directing David Greig's new play Adventures of the Painted People remotely, the actors all separately isolated. Towards the end of the first week she tells John Wilson how the work is going. She explains too the unique situation of her theatre, in a small community in the Scottish Highlands, its financial predicament and how through imaginative creative initiatives it is continuing its role. Professor John Mullan is celebrating the merits of reading, or re-reading, the novels of Jane Austen during lockdown. Today, the title that’s many people’s favourite, thanks not least to countless adaptations: Pride and Prejudice. Presenter John Wilson Producer Jerome Weatherald Studio Manager Tim Heffer

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