The Habit of Art


Alan Bennett is one of our greatest, most celebrated playwrights, with 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 portrays 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 revival of the play since its opening at the National Theatre and stars the Olivier Award-winning Matthew Kelly (Toast and Educating Rita), David Yelland (Chariots of Fire and The Crown) and Veronica Roberts (Peak Practice).

Age guideline 12+

Duration: 2 hours 30mins with interval

Book Tickets

  • Mon 24 Sep 7:30 PM £37.50/£25.00/£17.50/£10.00
  • Tue 25 Sep 7:30 PM £37.50/£25.00/£17.50/£10.00
  • Wed 26 Sep 7:30 PM Captioned £37.50/£25.00/£17.50/£10.00
  • Thu 27 Sep 2:30 PM £37.50/£25.00/£17.50/£10.00
  • Thu 27 Sep 7:30 PM £37.50/£25.00/£17.50/£10.00
  • Fri 28 Sep 8:00 PM £37.50/£25.00/£17.50/£10.00
  • Sat 29 Sep 2:30 PM Audio Described

    Audio described performances are designed for blind or partially sighted audience members. Via headphones, a live narrator describes the action in the pauses between the onstage dialogue.  Please ask the Box Office for more information. 

    £37.50/£25.00/£17.50/£10.00
  • Sat 29 Sep 7:30 PM £37.50/£25.00/£17.50/£10.00
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Alan Bennett’s celebrated writing has always been a favourite at OP. We are
delighted to welcome a new production of this smash hit play.
Laura Elliot
Programme Director

Book Tickets

  • Mon 24 September 7:30 PM
  • Tue 25 September 7:30 PM
  • Wed 26 September 7:30 PM Captioned
  • Thu 27 September 2:30 PM
  • Thu 27 September 7:30 PM
  • Fri 28 September 8:00 PM
  • Sat 29 September 2:30 PM Audio Described

    Audio described performances are designed for blind or partially sighted audience members. Via headphones, a live narrator describes the action in the pauses between the onstage dialogue.  Please ask the Box Office for more information. 

The Original Theatre Company and York Theatre Royal 

Directed by Philip Franks

Starring Matthew Kelly, David Yelland Veronica Roberts 

Full Circle and Enjoy get 25% off a pair of tickets for opening night or Saturday matinee.

  • Deeply moving.
       
    Guardian
  • Hilariously provocative.
       
    Independent
  • ...The Habit of Art is another absolute cracker...
       
    Daily Telegraph

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