The Monocle Arts Review

Matt Wolf, Lucy Jones and a Van Gogh art heist

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24 March 2017

Episode 514

45 minutes

Theatre critic Matt Wolf and writer Lucy Jones join Matt Alagiah in the studio to review this week’s West End and TV shows, we head to Amsterdam to learn about a recently solved art heist and we speak to one of the creative minds behind the London-based art, music and technology festival Convergence.

24 March 2017

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Theatre review with Matt Wolf

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Matt Wolf, theatre critic for ‘The New York Times International Edition’ talks to Matt Alagiah about two West End shows that kicked off this week: ‘Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf’ at the Harold Pinter Theatre and ‘An American In Paris’ at the Dominion.

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Amsterdam art heist

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One of the most famous art heists in modern history was finally laid to rest this week after two priceless Van Gogh paintings were returned to display at the museum from where they were stolen 15 years ago. Their unveiling is all the more remarkable because it coincides with the release of a Dutch documentary where the thief at the heart of the story finally confesses to the crime for which he has served time. Monocle’s Venetia Rainey reports.

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TV review with Lucy Jones

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Writer Lucy Jones speaks to Matt Alagiah about her two TV picks this week: suburban thriller ‘Big Little Lies’ and dark comedy ‘Baskets’. Plus, rumour has it that popular Australian soap ‘'Neighbours’ might be leaving British screens – will it be missed?

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Convergence: London’s art, music and technology festival

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Convergence kicks off this week. This music, art and technology event holds live performances, talks and workshops around the city and has entertained and educated more than 100,000 attendees since it began in 2014. Hannah Andrews, the producer of this year’s Convergence Sessions line-up, tells Monocle’s Holly Fisher what we can expect.

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Global countdown: Morocco

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On this week’s global countdown Fernando Augusto Pacheco tells us what’s at number one in the Moroccan charts.

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