DetailsBenjamin 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 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.
Cast/Performers Matthew Kelly (WH Auden/Fitz), David Yelland (Benjamin Britten/Henry), Veronica Roberts, Robert Mountford, John Wark, Jessica Dennis, Benjamin Chandler
Creatives/CompanyAuthor: Alan Bennett
Producer(s): Original Theatre Company, Anthology (in association with Peter Stickney and York Theatre Royal)
Director(s): Philip Franks, Joyce Nettles (casting director)
Design: Adrian Linford
Lighting: Johanna Town
Sound: Max Pappenheim