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The Habit of Art

By Alan Bennett

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

Wed - Sat 7:45pm
Thu & Sat matinee 2:30pm

Wed - Thursday evenings £19 - £24.50
Fri & Sat evenings £19 - £26.50
Thu & Sat matinee £19, £22

Concessions £1.50 (7.45pm only)
Groups of 10+ get 10% off (7.45pm only)
Students & Under 16s £9
Under 25s £10
Friends of the Devonshire Park Theatre - 25% off (First night only)

Prices inclusive of £1 per ticket booking fee.

Additional Info

Age guidance 13+, Adult themes and strong language

Running time approx. 2hrs 35 mins including interval.


★★★★★ '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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