Matthew Kelly as W. H. Auden and David Yelland as Benjamin Britten stand in front of a painted background of a canal and trees

The Habit of Art

Past Production

Alan Bennett

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5 Stars

The Observer

4 Stars

The Times

Alan Bennett is one our greatest and most celebrated playwrights.

In The Habit of Art, Bennett gives us a play about a meeting between two of the 20th centuries most remarkable artists, 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 beautifully nuanced production is directed by Philip Franks and stars the Olivier Award winning Matthew Kelly (Of Mice and Men, Toast and Pride and Prejudice), David Yelland (Chariots of Fire and The Crown) and Veronica Roberts (Peak Practice and Tenko).

The Original Theatre Company | The Anthology Group


  • 5 Stars

    The result is a take on life, sexuality, death and everything, that is witty, moving, laugh-aloud funny and understatedly profound… the cast uniformly stunning
    The Observer
  • 4 Stars

    Kelly and Yelland are on top form heading an ensemble who highlight the way that art is both magical and mundane… ambitious, revealing and hugely entertaining.
    The Times
  • 4 Stars

    It’s sharp, and often funny, teasing and important. The play holds up, even better, ten years on
    Libby Purves
  • 5 Stars

    Thought-provoking and expertly played, this is not a production to be missed
    Broadway World
  • 4 Stars

    The whole cast gave a performance that was both thought provoking and funny
    Fairy Powered Productions

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