The Habit of Art

Alan Bennett is one our greatest and most celebrated playwrights, with a plethora of stage and screen classics including The History Boys, The Madness of King George and Talking Heads. He is applauded as a genius for his sharp character observations and treasured for the way he beautifully balances wit, wistfulness and compassion.

In The Habit of Art, Bennett gives us a play about a meeting between 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 production, directed by Philip Franks, marks the first ever revival of the play 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).

WARNING: Strong language and sexual content


"Ambitious, revealing and hugely entertaining"  THE TIMES

"Witty, moving, laugh-aloud funny and understatedly profound" THE GUARDIAN

Hilariously provocative  THE INDEPENDENT

"Thought-provoking and expertly played, this is not a production to be missed" BROADWAY WORLD

"It's sharp, and often funny, teasing and important"  THEATRECAT


Presented by The Original Theatre Company and York Theatre Royal

By Alan Bennett

Directed by Philip Franks

Starring Matthew Kelly and David Yelland

Sponsored by Investec

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Main Auditorium


From £23.00

Running times

Act 1 60mins

Interval 20mins

Act 2 60min

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