The Habit of Art (Streaming)

Archived Show


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March 31 - June 28, 2020
Showing in Theater

Show Info

by Alan Bennett
directed by Philip Franks
starring Matthew Kelly and David Yelland
with Veronica Roberts, Robert Mountford, John Wark, Jessica Dennis and Benjamin Chandler

Age guidance: 13+


Alan Bennett
 is one of Britain's most prolific and celebrated playwrights, with a cavalcade of stage and screen blockbusters including The History Boys, The Madness of King George and Talking Heads. He is applauded as a genius for his sharp character observations and treasured for the way he beautifully balances wit, wistfulness and compassion.

In The Habit of Art, Bennett gives us a play about a meeting between the poet WH Auden and the composer Benjamin Britten. Exploring friendship, rivalry and heartache this multi layered masterpiece examines the joy, pain and emotional cost of creativity.

This production directed by Philip Franks marks the first ever revival of the play and stars the Olivier Award winning Matthew Kelly (Of Mice and MenToast and Pride and Prejudice) and David Yelland (Chariots of Fire and The Crown) with Veronica Roberts (Tenko, Peak Practice), Robert Mountford (Anita and Me), John Wark (Dead Sheep), Jessica Dennis (Henry Vand The Tempest, Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre) and Benjamin Chandler (Passing From The Third Floor Back).

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Producing Company

Original Theatre Company

Operating and touring since 2004 the Original Theatre Company has toured extensively all over the UK, playing venues ranging from some of their best-loved regional theatres to Accrington Stanley Football Club, to Cornish cliff tops to top London venues, to school halls and everywhere in between.  The company now stages two to three productions each year, playing in 2013 over 300 performances to over 120,000 people, as well as operating acclaimed accompanying outreach and education programmes.


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“Witty, moving, laugh-aloud funny and understatedly profound…stunning” — The Observer ★★★★★

“Witty, moving, laugh-aloud funny and understatedly profound… A stunning cast and unshowy direction do full justice to Bennett’s far-reaching play imagining a meeting between Auden and Britten.” — The Guardian ★★★★★

“Ambitious, revealing and hugely entertaining.” — The Times ★★★★

“Dazzling… very funny, deeply moving” — Daily Express ★★★★