The Original Theatre Company
Award-winning, UK Based Touring Theatre Company
The Original Theatre Company and York Theatre Royal present
THE HABIT OF ART
Directed by Philip Franks
Starring Matthew Kelly and David Yelland
National Tour Autumn 2018
“I thought it unlikely that he would be able to equal the success of The History Boys (2004) but The Habit of Art is another absolute cracker, often wonderfully and sometimes filthily funny, but also deeply and unexpectedly moving.” Daily Telegraph
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 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 Men, Toast and Pride and Prejudice) and David Yelland (Chariots of Fire and The Crown).
“Deeply moving.” The Guardian
“Hilariously provocative.” The Independent
The Original Theatre Company, Ghost Light Theatre and Eilene Davidson present
SPRING TOUR 2018 & NEW YORK TRANSFER
A comedy by Torben Betts
Directed by Alastair Whatley
Caroline Mortimer is the nation’s favourite TV cook.
In the glow of the studio lights, she has it all – a sparkling career, a big house, a (golf) loving husband, smart kids and the best kitchen money can buy.
But when the camera turns off the truth comes out and when an unexpected guest disrupts a night of celebration there is more to spill than the wine…
Welcome to Caroline’s Kitchen…
Direct from its hit London run this searing, sharp, state of the nation comedy is on national tour this Spring ahead of a New York transfer..
Starring CAROLINE LANGRISHE (Lovejoy, Judge John Deed), ADEN GILLETT (House of Elliot) and JAMES SUTTON (Emmerdale, Hollyoaks).
‘The comedy simmers’ DAILY MAIL (CRITIC’S CHOICE) ★★★★
‘Betts paints a wonderfully lurid picture of the middle classes, juxtaposed with the fragility of those who serve them.’ THE STAGE
‘It is an acerbic, often laugh-out-loud take on marriage, privilege and class, and it is well worth a ticket to see the ending alone, because reader, I gasped.’ WESTEND WILMA ★★★★
‘Makes you laugh when you really think you shouldn’t… it’s hilarious’ JENNI MURRAY, RADIO 4
The Original Theatre Company present the European Premiere of
PARK THEATRE, LONDON – 13 June – 13 July 2019
Written by Meghan Kennedy
Directed by Lisa Blair
1960, Brooklyn, New York.
The Muscolinos have raised three proud and passionate daughters,each of them bonded by a fierce love for one another and harbouring a secret longing longing that could tear the family apart.
When an earth-shattering event rocks their Park Slope neighbourhood, life comes to a screeching halt and the Muscolino sisters are forced to confront their conflicting visions for the future in this gripping, provocative and poignant portrait of love in all its danger and beauty.
This Original Theatre Company are proud to stage the European premiere of Meghan Kennedy’s enthralling coming-of-age tale, directed by Lisa Blair whose recent credits include a five star revival of Jerusalem.
“Vivid, emotional and authentic.” Helen Shaw, Time Out New York (New York production, 2017)
“This is how you grow playwrights. Incredible.” The New York Times (New York production, 2017)
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Without any public money. We have made it work on our own terms through nothing short of blind faith, endless perseverance and sheer determination.
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