The Habit of Art

by  Alan Bennett

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  12m, 3f

"5 STARS! A new play by Alan Bennett is a dramatic treat like nothing else. It's like sipping champagne in a big armchair beside a crackling fire...carries you along in a wave of pleasure." - Mail on Sunday

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The Habit of Art

by  Alan Bennett

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    12m, 3f

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Benjamin Britten, sailing uncomfortably close to the wind with his new opera, Death in Venice, seeks advice from his former collaborator and friend, W H Auden. During this imagined meeting, their first for twenty-five years, they are observed and interrupted by, amongst others, their future biographer and a young man from the local bus station.

Alan Bennett's new play is as much about the theatre as it is about poetry or music. It looks at the unsettling desires of two difficult men, and at the ethics of biography. It reflects on growing old, on creativity and inspiration, and on persisting when all passion's spent: ultimately, on the habit of art.
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"5 STARS! A new play by Alan Bennett is a dramatic treat like nothing else. It's like sipping champagne in a big armchair beside a crackling fire...carries you along in a wave of pleasure." - Mail on Sunday

"5 STARS! A brilliantly written and delicate duel of mutual wariness." - Daily Express

"5 STARS! Alan Bennett's immaculate new play-within-a-play has the audience bawling with laughter throughout...This sad, funny, whimsical piece about age and fading dreams is immaculately executed and represents the National [Theatre} at its very best." The Sunday Telegraph

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Alan Bennett

Alan Bennett was born in Leeds in 1934. After studying at Oxford University he collaborated as a writer and performer with Dudley Moore, Jonathan Miller and Peter Cook in Beyond the Fringe in 1960 at the Edinburgh Festival. He then turned to writing full time and produced his first stage play Forty Years On in 1968. ...

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