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
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