The Habit of Art

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Alan Bennett is one of our greatest, most celebrated playwrights, with 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 portrays 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 revival of the play since its opening at the National Theatre and stars the Olivier Award-winning Matthew Kelly (Toast and Educating Rita), David Yelland (Chariots of Fire and The Crown) and Veronica Roberts (Peak Practice).

Age guideline 12+

Duration: 2 hours 30mins with interval

Alan Bennett’s celebrated writing has always been a favourite at OP. We are
delighted to welcome a new production of this smash hit play.
Laura Elliot
Programme Director

Book Tickets

The Original Theatre Company and York Theatre Royal 

Directed by Philip Franks

Starring Matthew Kelly, David Yelland Veronica Roberts 

Full Circle and Enjoy get 25% off a pair of tickets for opening night or Saturday matinee.

undefined tickets available for Tue 25 Sep.

  • Deeply moving.
       
    Guardian
  • Hilariously provocative.
       
    Independent
  • ...The Habit of Art is another absolute cracker...
       
    Daily Telegraph
  • Expertly played... this is not a production to be missed.
       
    Broadway World
  • Thought provoking and funny.
       
    Fairy Powered Productions
  • It's sharp, and often funny, teasing and important.
       
    Libby Purves
  • Witty, moving, laugh-aloud funny and understatedly profound.
       
    Observer
  • Ambitious, revealing and hugely entertaining.
       
    Times

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