The Avengers phenomenon, Linda Grant, Adapting Ibsen for today


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Avengers: Endgame marks the culmination of 10 years of interlinking Marvel movies. After the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War, and the loss of some of the world’s biggest heroes, the remaining Avengers re-assemble to try and undo Thanos's actions and restore order to the universe. Critic Gavia Baker-Whitelaw reviews. Linda Grant discusses her new novel, A Stranger City, a detailed portrait of contemporary, Brexit-scarred London, told through its myriad people living disparate yet interconnected lives, and exploring current-day ideas of home and belonging. Henrik Ibsen wrote plays about domestic difficulties and social hypocrisy in 19th century small-town Norway. But they clearly speak to 21st-century Britain. With new adaptations soon to be staged across the UK, and Rosmersholm on in the West End and a new production of Ghosts in Northampton, John Wilson talks to Lucy Bailey, director of Ghosts, and Duncan MacMillan, who has adapted Rosmersholm, about the contemporary relevance of Ibsen’s drama and how they mould his work for the stage today. Presenter John Wilson Producer Jerome Weatherald

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