Britain (U.K.)

2:12pm

Wed April 18, 2012
Theater

London Smash 'Two Guvnors' Comes To Broadway

Originally published on Wed April 18, 2012 3:54 pm

Adapted from The Servant of Two Masters, the new comedy One Man, Two Guvnors follows the "always famished and easily confused" Francis Henshall (James Corden, left), who must combat his own befuddlement while keeping both of his employers — a local gangster and criminal-in-hiding Stanley Stubbers (Oliver Chris) — from meeting.
Tristram Kenton

If you weren't a college theater major, you can be forgiven for not knowing much about commedia dell'arte, the 500-year-old theatrical tradition that Carlo Goldoni used for his comedy The Servant of Two Masters in 1743. Contemporary playwright Richard Bean has adapted that play into the decidedly British laugh riot One Man, Two Guvnors -- and he says all you really need to know about commedia is ... well, it's funny.

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8:43am

Wed April 18, 2012
The Salt

13th-Century Food Fights Helped Fuel The Magna Carta

Originally published on Wed April 18, 2012 1:06 pm

Imagine it's England, 1209, and you're a wealthy baron. You arrive home from London one day to discover that King John's minions have once again raided your stores of grain. It's the king's right, of course — he has a large household and armies to feed — and there's a promise of compensation.

But all too often that payment arrives late, if at all. And there was that incident last year where the bailiff was caught selling the seized goods instead of handing them over to the king's men.

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3:03am

Wed April 18, 2012
Europe

Britons Revel In Their Sporting Inventions

Originally published on Wed April 18, 2012 5:50 am

Transcript

LYNN NEARY, HOST:

It's a mere one hundred days remain before the opening of the Olympic Games in London. From time to time, MORNING EDITION has been getting dispatches from NPR's London-based correspondent Philip Reeves, about the preparations. In his latest, Reeves says the British are gearing themselves up for this great contest, both physically and mentally.

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10:00am

Mon April 16, 2012
The Two-Way

Four Weeks After Being 'Dead,' Soccer's Fabrice Muamba Leaves Hospital

Fabrice Muamba, center, with cardiologist Dr. Andrew Deaner (left) and cardiologist Dr. Sam Mohiddin (right), before his release from the London Chest Hospital today.
David Brookes AFP/Getty Images

It was March 17 when Fabrice Muamba of the English Premier League's Bolton Wanderers collapsed on the pitch and for a little more than an hour, as one of his doctors put it, was "in effect, dead" as medical teams struggled to get his heart going again following a cardiac arrest.

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6:00am

Sun April 15, 2012
Europe

British Attempt To Squash Online Bullying

Originally published on Sun April 15, 2012 11:43 am

Transcript

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

One place where extremist views often flourish: cyberspace. Trolling, cyberbullying, call it what you will. Abuse via the Internet is a growing problem in this digital age.

And NPR's Philip Reeves says it's become so bad in Britain that people there are fighting back.

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