Monday, October 29, 2018

Alan Bennett’s play The Habit of Art, first performed at the National Theatre in 2009, is a play within a play.

The stage is set as a seedy rehearsal room with the principal players having a “run through” with the director absent, the writer present and the assistant stage manager filling in for two actors who are tied up somewhere in a matinee.

Ostensibly, the drama being rehearsed is about a fictional meeting between the poet, W H Auden and the composer Benjamin Britten. However, it becomes a discussion about writing, acting and the exploitation of rent boys. And what it’s like to be one.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

A revival of Alan Bennett’s 2009 play, The Habit of Art is at Cambridge Arts Theatre from Monday, October 29 to Saturday, November 3.

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