Alan Bennett sealed his reputation as the master of observation and brilliant comic phrasing with this series of ground-breaking monologues, originally filmed for television.
The stage adaptation had its World Premiere at Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre before a hugely successful West End run.
This is a rare opportunity to see three of the original Talking Heads, at once darkly comic, poignant and uplifting and widely regarded as modern classics.
A Cream Cracker Under the Settee
Stephanie Cole stars as 75 year-old widow Doris, obsessive about tidiness and maintaining her independence. Prostrate on the floor after a fall, she spies a cream cracker under the settee, which she determines to use as evidence against her incompetent home help. The original production was nominated for three BAFTA awards.
A Chip in the Sugar
Karl Theobald plays Graham Whittaker a devoted son whose life begins to unravel when he discovers his aging mother has taken up with an old flame.
A Lady of Letters
Siobhan Redmond stars as the acerbic Miss Ruddock, who watches the world from behind her curtains and constantly dashes off letters expressing her ill-informed opinions, one of which pushes her to the brink with unexpected but liberating consequences.
Presented by Theatre Royal Bath Productions
By Alan Bennett
Directed by Sarah Esdaile
★★★★ “Stephanie Cole is outstanding"
"Engaging, tragic, moving, thoughtful and impeccably acted, staged and produced"
"Such a treat! This is pure vintage Bennett at his best ... an altogether splendid evening and well worth seeing"
"The genius of Bennett is in his portrayal of the ordinary ... powerful, wonderfully sensitive and moving"
"Glistens with gold - Stephanie Cole matches the hallowed memory of Thora Hird, high praise"
★★★★★ "Brilliantly cast, the performances are intensely intimate and quite beautifully realised"
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From £30.50 - £36.50Ticket prices include £1 Restoration Levy and £1 Booking Fee
Lady of Letters - 43 mins
Interval - 15 mins
A Chip in the Sugar - 40 mins
Interval - 15 mins
Cream Cracker - 30 mins