The Habit of Art

Wednesday 18 March 2020 to Saturday 21 March 2020

Devonshire Park Theatre

The Original Theatre Company & Anthology In association with Peter Stickney and York Theatre Royal present:

Alan Bennett’s
The Habit of Art

Directed by Philip Franks
Starring Matthew Kelly and David Yelland​

The critically acclaimed and celebrated production of the masterly Bennett comedy is coming to Eastbourne's Devonshire Park Theatre following a hugely successful UK tour.

Alan Bennett is one our greatest and most celebrated playwrights, with a cavalcade of stage and screen blockbusters 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 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 MenToast and Pride and Prejudice, David Yelland (Chariots of Fire and The Crown) and Veronica Roberts (Peak Practice and Tenko).

Times & Prices

Evenings 7:45pm
Thursday & Saturday matinee 2:30pm

Wednesday-Thursday evenings £19 - £24.50
Friday & Saturday evenings £19 - £26.50
Thursday & Saturday matinee £19, £22

Prices inclusive of £1 per ticket booking fee.

Concessions: £1.50 (evenings only)
& under 16s £9
Under 25s £10
Groups of 10+ get 10% off (evenings only)
Friends of the Devonshire Park Theatre - 25% off (First night only)

Additional Info

Age recommendation 13+, Adult themes and strong language

Running time approx. 2hrs 35 mins including 1x interval of 20 minutes.


★★★★★ “Witty, moving, laugh-aloud funny and understatedly profound.” The Observer

★★★★ “At times hilarious, at others moving, but always deeply human. Thought-provoking and expertly played, this is not a production to be missed.” BroadwayWorld

★★★★ “Ambitious, revealing and hugely entertaining.” The Times

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