The Habit of Art

The Habit of Art

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The Original Theatre Company and York Theatre Royal present

Alan Bennett’s

The Habit of Art

NATIONAL TOUR – Autumn 2018

Directed by Philip Franks

Starring Matthew Kelly and David Yelland

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, 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).

Matthew Kelly

David Yelland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deeply moving.” The Guardian

Hilariously provocative.” The Independent

 

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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).

CAST

WH Auden l Matthew Kelly

Benjamin Britten l David Yelland

 

 

CREATIVE TEAM

Director Philip Franks

Designer Adrian Linford

Lighting Johanna Town

 

 

30 August – 8 September

York Theatre Royal (on sale 28 March)

 

11 – 15 September

Theatre Royal Brighton (on sale 6 April)

 

17 – 22 September

Salisbury Playhouse

 

1 – 6 October

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

 

8 – 13 October

New Wolsey, Ipswich

 

15 – 20 October

Richmond Theatre    

 

6 – 10 November

The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

 

12 – 17 November

The Lowry, Salford

 

19 – 24 November

Palace Theatre, Southend