Alan Bennett’s The Habit of Art in the frame for new UK tour

The Original Theatre Company has announced a new tour of Alan Bennett’s The Habit of Art following the success of an outing in 2018 (read Stage Review‘s ★★★★ verdict HERE).

It will star, as before, Matthew Kelly and David Yelland.

Directed by Philip Franks, Matthew Kelly plays Fitz (W. H. Auden) and David Yelland is Henry (Benjamin Britten). The tour begins in March at Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne.

The Habit of Art explores friendship, rivalry and heartache and is centred on a fictional meeting between poet W. H. Auden and composer Benjamin Britten. 

Bennett wrote it as a play-within-a-play – actors Fitz, Henry, Tim and Donald are rehearsing a play called Caliban’s Day under the direction of stage manager, Kay, and in the presence of the playwright, Neil.

In Caliban’s Day, a fictitious meeting occurs in 1973 in Auden’s (Fitz) rooms at Oxford not long before he dies.  Britten (Henry) has been auditioning boys nearby for his opera Death in Venice, and arrives unexpectedly – their first meeting in 25 years.

The production also stars Veronica Roberts, Robert Mountford, John Wark, Jessica Dennis and Benjamin Chandler


March 18 – 21,  Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne

March 23 – 28, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham

March 31– April 4,  King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

April 6 – 11, Curve, Leicester

April 13 – 18,  Royal & Derngate, Northampton

April 27– May 2,  Theatre Royal Bath

May 4 – 9, Ashcroft Playhouse, Fairfield Halls, Croydon

May 11 – 16,  Theatr Clwyd, Mold

May 18 – 23,  Exeter Northcott Theatre.

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