Alan Bennett’s The Habit of Art comes to the Arts Theatre from 29 October to 3 November, starring Matthew Kelly and David Yelland. Bennett, arguably the most celebrated British playwright alive, has penned numerous hits, many of which have proved popular on the screen as well as the stage.
The History Boys, The Madness of King George III, Talking Heads and The Lady in the Van are just a few, and Philip Franks’ production of The Habit of Art is the first revival of the 2009 play.
It imagines a meeting between 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.
Tickets start from £20, with performances at 7.45pm, and with 2.30pm matinees on the Thursday and Saturday.