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The Complete Talking Heads

The Complete Talking Heads

Alan Bennett

ISBN: 9780312423087

These passionate and funny snapshots of lonely lives were presented in two evenings of hilarious and touching theatre. The half hour plays in this volume originally aired on the BBC starring Maggie Smith, Patricia Routledge, Julie Walters and the author himself.

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Alan Bennett's award-winning series of solo pieces is a classic of contemporary drama, universally hailed for its combination of razor-sharp wit and deeply felt humanity. In "Bed Among the Lentils," a vicar's wife discovers a semblance of happiness with an Indian shop owner. In "A Chip in the Sugar," a man's life begins to unravel when he discovers his aging mother has rekindled an old flame. In "A Lady of Letters," a busybody pays a price for interfering in her neighbor's life.
First produced for BBC television in 1988 to great critical acclaim, the Talking Heads monologues also appeared on the West End Stage in London in 1992 and 1998. In 2002, seven of the pieces were performed at the Tiffany Theater in Los Angeles for a highly praised brief engagement, and in 2003 a selection of the monologues premiered in New York at the Minetta Lane Theatre. These extraordinary portraits of ordinary people confirm Alan Bennett's place as one of the most gifted, versatile, and important writers in the English Language.

Talking Heads: One
A Woman of No Importance (7752)
Bed Among the Lentils (4709)
A Chip in the Sugar (#5248)
A Cream Cracker Under the Settee (5786)
Her Big Chance (10692)
A Lady of Letters (#13824)
Soldiering On (#21725)

Talking Heads: Two
The Hand of God (10560)
Miss Fozzard Finds Her Feet (14820)
Nights in the Gardens of Spain (16109)
The Outside Dog (17074)
Playing Sandwiches (17815)
Waiting for the Telegram (24974)

Alan Bennett

Alan Bennett

Alan Bennett has been one of the leading English-language dramatists since the success of Beyond the Fringe in the 1960s. His television series Talking Heads has become a modern-day classic, as have many of his works for the stage, including Forty Years On, The Lady In The Van, A Question of Attribution, The Madness of George III (together with the Oscar-nominated screenplay The Madness of King ... view full profile

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