Daily Archives: March 1, 2011

In this week’s podcast: We talk to Dame Sally Davies, head of research and development in the NHS about her future plans for the National Institute for Health Research; and, we hear from Olaf Blanke about a project he is heading up at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, on using virtual reality to project volunteers into the bodies of avatars.

Presented by Clive Cookson with Andrew Jack and Diana Garnham.

Produced by LJ Filotrani

 

There are a lot of musicals moving into London’s West End right now – including “Shoes”, “Million Dollar Quartet”, “Betty Blue Eyes” and “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” – and rumbling in the background is the hoo-ha in New York over “Spiderman”.

What is the enduring appeal of the musical? Is it more diverse than its critics imagine? And, are musicals a good thing for the theatrical landscape?

Jan Dalley talks to Jamie Lloyd, director of the Donmar’s “Spelling Bee”, and FT theatre critics Ian Shuttleworth and Sarah Hemming.

Produced by Griselda Murray Brown