Colin Firth to Star in THE SECRET GARDEN: Critical Linking, April 30

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After their collaborations on the Paddington movies, Heyman adds, “I’m delighted to be working again with Studiocanal on The Secret Garden, brought so vividly to life by writer Jack Thorne. I’m excited that our director, Marc Munden, will be bringing his distinct imaginative vision to this enduring childhood story. And I could not be more thrilled that Colin Firth and Julie Walters have joined the journey, alongside a remarkable new trio of young actors.”

Yes please more Colin Firth in classics.


Eddo-Lodge’s 2017 hit, her debut non-fiction book, got 12% of the public vote, on a top 10 shortlist that also included classics such as Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own and Mary Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication of the Rights of Women, as well as more recent hits such as Mary Beard’s Women and Power (Profile).

Reni Eddo-Lodge’s Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People about Race topped a people’s poll of the books by women that have changed the world, conducted for Academic Book Week.


A soaring adaptation of Chilean-born author Roberto Bolaño’s masterpiece, 2666 begins with a group of hapless European academics hot on the trail of an elusive author—a search that leads them into the dark heart of a Mexican border city where the murders of hundreds of women remain unsolved. This story gives way to a surprising, panoramic portrait of the 20th century that spans more than 100 years and jumps from Spain to Mexico to Germany and beyond, illuminating the power of literature to reflect and transform the world. An unflinching look at the nature of evil, 2666 is an ambitious new work unlike any other theatrical experience.

You can watch a stage adaptation of Bolaño’s novel online for free, unlimited streaming.