Original Theatre’s touring production of The Habit of Art was one I missed in 2018. It was due to return this year, but circumstances being as they are, here is a streamed version available to purchase for a small donation.
In light of the closure of theatres across the UK due to COVID-19, the Original Theatre Company’s productions of Alan Bennett’s The Habit Of Art and Ali Milles’ The Croft, both of which were touring the UK, will now each have an online launch performance.
In light of the most recent government advice due to COVID-19, The Original Theatre Company’s production of Alan Bennett’s The Habit of Art, which was due to open at Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne on 18 March 2020, will now perform a closed filmed performance on the same day 2pm.
Big openers include Pinter 4 (Moonlight/Night School), the return of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Piccadilly Theatre), Caroline, or Change at the Playhouse and Hadestown at the National (Olivier Theatre).
Alan Bennett’s The Habit Of Art has returned to its meta-spiritual home this week, arriving at the Oxford Playhouse to amuse and entertain its erudite audience with in-jokes about the city’s gay scene and penises.
It is nine years since Nicholas Hytner’s National Theatre of The Habit of Art opened Bennett’s fascinating play: high time we had it back, and this York-led collaboration does it proud.
On the broader theatrical landscape, there are plenty of things opening this month! In London Eugenius! returns to The Other Palace, Milly Thomas’ Dust transfers to Trafalgar Studios 2, and Foxfinder opens at the Ambassadors.
Matthew Kelly will star as WH Auden opposite David Yelland as Benjamin Britten in the first-ever revival of Alan Bennett’s 2009 play The Habit Of Art.