The Habit of Art

The Original Theatre Company and York Theatre Royal present Alan Bennett’s

The Habit of Art

Directed by Philip Franks Starring Matthew Kelly and David Yelland

Tuesday 6 to Saturday 10 November 2018

  • Presented at Belgrade Main stage
  • Tickets: £23.75 - £35.75 Concessions: £18.75 - £33.75

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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, Bennet gives us a play about a meeting between the poet WH Auden and the composer Benjamin Britten.

Exploring friendship, rivalry and heartache this multilayered 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 and Pride and Prejudice) and David Yelland (Chariots of Fire and The Crown).

Contains some mild swearing.

Tue 6 Nov 7:30pm Book Tickets
Wed 7 Nov 7:30pm Post-Show Discussion Book Tickets
Thu 8 Nov 2:00pm Book Tickets
Thu 8 Nov 7:30pm Book Tickets
Fri 9 Nov 7:30pm Captioned Performance Book Tickets
Sat 10 Nov 2:00pm Audio Described Book Tickets
Sat 10 Nov 7:30pm Book Tickets


I thought it unlikely that Alan Bennett would be able to equal the success of The History Boys (2004) but The Habit of Art is another absolute cracker, often wonderfully and sometimes filthily funny, but also deeply and unexpectedly moving.

Daily Telegraph, reviewing the original 2009 production


Deeply moving.

The Guardian

Hilariously provocative.

The Independent

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