Ben­nett’s ex­plo­ration of friend­ship, ri­valry and heartache

Nuneaton Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE -

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, which ex­plores friend­ship, ri­valry and heartache.

It’s at the Bel­grade The­atre un­til to­mor­row.

The 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

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