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The Habit of Art

The Habit of Art

Alan Bennett is one our greatest and most 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 forthe way he beautifully balances wit, wistfulness and compassion.

In The Habit of Art, Bennett givesus 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.


Dates: March 31st -June 28th at the Original Theatre Company


Creative Team:

Directed by Philip Franks

Written by Alan Bennett'


Cast Members:

Matthew Kelly

David Yelland

Veronica Roberts

Robert Mountford

John Wark

Jessica Dennis

Benjamin Chandler


Review Quotes:


'Original Theatre has done it complete justice. This is one of the most impressive theater webcasts'

Wall Street Journal  

‘The result is a take on life,sexuality, death and everything, that is witty, moving, laugh-aloud funny and understatedly profound… the cast uniformly stunning’

The Guardian/Observer


‘Kelly and Yelland are on top form heading an ensemble who highlight the way that art is both magical and mundane…ambitious, revealing and hugely entertaining.’

The Times


‘It’s sharp, and often funny,teasing and important. The play holds up, even better, ten years on.’

Libby Purves


‘Thought-provoking and expertly played, this is not a production to be missed.’

Broadway World


‘The whole cast  gave a performance that was both thought provoking and funny.’

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