David Yelland and Matthew Kelly


Mon 29 October - Sat 3 November 2018
Tickets £20 - £35*

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Alan Bennett is one of our greatest and most celebrated playwrights, with a plethora of stage and screen blockbusters including The History Boys, The Madness of King George III 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, Pride and Prejudice), David Yelland (Chariots of Fire, The Crown) and Veronica Roberts (Peak Practice, Tenko).

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Running Time

Approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes including an interval

General Guidance

Performance contains language and subject matter of a sexual nature

Age Guidance



Monday - Saturday, 7.45pm
and Saturday, 2.30pm: £20/£25/£30/£35*
Thursday, 2.30pm: £20/£25/£30*

*All ticket prices include a £3 per-ticket booking fee

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  • Matthew Kelly kisses David Yelland's hand
  • Matthew Kelly shouts at David Yelland
  • Matthew Kelly and David Yelland sit and talk
  • Two men and a woman discuss on stage
  • Matthew Kelly talks to Helen Maybanks
  • 'An absolute cracker, funny and unexpectedly moving'

    The Daily Telegraph