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The Habit Of Art

The Original Theatre Company and York Theatre Royal present

Alan Bennett’s

The Habit of Art


Directed by Philip Franks Starring Matthew Kelly and David Yelland

“I thought it unlikely that Bennett would be able to equal the success of The History Boys but The Habit of Art is another absolute cracker, often wonderfully funny but also deeply and unexpectedly moving.” Daily Telegraph reviewing the original 2009 production

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, David Yelland (Chariots of Fire and The Crown) and Veronica Roberts (Peak Practice and Tenko).