Alan Bennett’s The Habit Of Art (13 June)

Blank Slate Entertainment, The Original Theatre Company and The Anthology Group in association with Peter Stickney and York Theatre Royal

Alan Bennett’s

The Habit Of Art

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, Theatre Cat ☆☆☆☆

‘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 the 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) with Veronica Roberts (Tenko, Peak Practice), Robert Mountford (Anita and Me), John Wark (Dead Sheep), Jessica Dennis (Henry V and The Tempest, Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre) and Benjamin Chandler (Passing From The Third Floor Back).

Age Guidance 14+