NT Live: The Habit of Art

NT Live: The Habit of Art

NT Live: The Habit of Art

As part of a brilliant new initiative from the National Theatre of London, this new play from Alan Bennett (see the trailer here) - starring Richard Griffiths (Withnail and I, The History Boys) - will be shown on cinema screens as a live recording direct from the London stage (find out more at nt-online.org). Screenings are limited.

"Alan Bennett’s new play is as much about the theatre as it is about poetry or music. It looks at the unsettling desires of two difficult men, and at the ethics of biography. It reflects on growing old, on creativity and inspiration, and on persisting when all passion’s spent: ultimately, on the habit of art.

"Benjamin Britten, sailing uncomfortably close to the wind with his new opera, Death in Venice, seeks advice from his former collaborator and friend, WH Auden. During this imagined meeting, their first for twenty-five years, they are observed and interrupted by, amongst others, their future biographer and a young man from the local bus station."

2010Rating: M, Contains offensive language and sexual references155 mins
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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

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Exhilarating and hilariously smutty.

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Superb cast, superb acting. The play is very much an acting master-class, though sometimes it is difficult to know whether we are watching actors acting, or actors acting out actors acting. This, I am guessing, was very clearly the author's intention. In the Gala theatre auditorium, Durham, where I watched it, the actors were many dimensions larger than...

5.0
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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Exhilarating and hilariously smutty.

4.0
0

Superb cast, superb acting. The play is very much an acting master-class, though sometimes it is difficult to know whether we are watching actors acting, or actors acting out actors acting. This, I am guessing, was very clearly the author's intention. In the Gala theatre auditorium, Durham, where I watched it, the actors were many dimensions larger than...

5.0
0