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National Theatre Live: The Habit of Art (2010)

National Theatre Live's 2010 broadcast of Alan Bennett's acclaimed play The Habit of Art, with Richard Griffiths, Alex Jennings and Frances de la Tour, returns to cinemas as part of the ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Richard Griffiths ... Fitz / W.H. Auden
Alex Jennings ... Henry / Benjamin Britten
Adrian Scarborough ... Donald / Humphrey Carpenter
Stephen Wight ... Tim / Stuart
Philip Childs Philip Childs ... Brian
Elliot Levey ... Neil
Frances de la Tour ... Kay
John Heffernan ... George
Barbara Kirby Barbara Kirby ... Joan
Danny Burns Danny Burns ... Matt
Martin Chamberlain Martin Chamberlain ... Ralph
Tom Attwood Tom Attwood ... Tom
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Laurence Belcher ... Young Boy
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National Theatre Live's 2010 broadcast of Alan Bennett's acclaimed play The Habit of Art, with Richard Griffiths, Alex Jennings and Frances de la Tour, returns to cinemas as part of the National Theatre's 50th anniversary celebrations. Benjamin Britten, sailing uncomfortably close to the wind with his new opera, Death in Venice, seeks advice from his former collaborator and friend, W H 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. Alan Bennett's 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.

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22 April 2010 (UK) See more »

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$53,865
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Celebrating the habit of art because
20 July 2010 | by thedoc-5See all my reviews

anyone who has ever worked on an original script will cherish this play by Alan Bennett, who has now been added to my short list of heroes: Mike Nichols, David Simon, Meryl Streep, Horton Foote, Kevin Kline, Maggie Smith. Who do you know that can make Beyond The Fringe, Prick Up Your Ears, Talking Heads, The History Boys and then this one? With recent plays like Red and Circle Mirror Transformation, watching the habit of artists at work can be and should be peeking at our own humanity. Even plays and movies like Noises Off, My Favorite Year and the wonderful Bullets Over Broadway give us this great extra level of actors being actors being the comic pageant that is humanity. Shakespeare's mechanicals rehearsing Pyramus & Thisbe would approve. If the National Theatre does not release The Habit Of Art on DVD for all of us who love dramatic storytelling, then it will be a crime against humanity.


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