The Habit of Art

The Habit of Art

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The Original Theatre Company and The Anthology Group in association with Peter Stickney and York Theatre Royal

Alan Bennett’s

The Habit of Art

TOURING SPRING 2020

Directed by Philip Franks

Starring Matthew Kelly and David Yelland

‘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.’ Fairy Powered Productions ☆☆☆☆

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 MenToast and Pride and Prejudice) and David Yelland (Chariots of Fire and The Crown) with Veronica Roberts (Tenko, Peak Practice), Robert Mountford (Anita and Me), John Wark (Dead Sheep), Jessica Dennis (Henry Vand The Tempest, Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre) and Benjamin Chandler (Passing From The Third Floor Back).

Matthew Kelly

David Yelland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Details

Show, reviews, cast and production details

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, Bennet 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 MenToast and Pride and Prejudice) and David Yelland (Chariots of Fire and The Crown) with Veronica Roberts (Tenko, Peak Practice), Robert Mountford (Anita and Me), John Wark (Dead Sheep), Jessica Dennis (Henry Vand The Tempest, Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre) and Benjamin Chandler (Passing From The Third Floor Back).

‘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.’ Fairy Powered Productions ☆☆☆☆

CAST

Matthew Kelly l WH Auden 

David Yelland l Benjamin Britten 

Veronica Roberts l Kay

Robert Mountford l Neil

John Wark l Donald

Jessica Dennis l George

Benjamin Chandler l Tim

 

CREATIVE TEAM

Director Philip Franks

Designer Adrian Linford

Lighting Johanna Town

Sound Max Pappenheim

Casting Joyce Nettles

 

18 – 21 March

Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourn

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23 – 28 March

Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham

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31 March – 4 April

King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

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6 – 11 April

Curve, Leicester

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On sale soon

13 – 18 April

Royal & Derngate, Northampton

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On sale November

27 April – 2 May

Theatre Royal Bath

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On sale soon

4 – 9 May

Ashcroft Playhouse, Fairfield Halls, Croydon

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On sale January

11 – 16 May

Theatr Clwyd, Mold

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On sale soon

18 – 23 May

Exeter Northcott Theatre

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On sale soon

 

 

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