This double bill of Alan Bennett's autobiographical recollections comprises Hymn and Cocktail Sticks and is currently running at the National's Lyttelton Theatre both separately as early evening performances and together on weekend matinees.
According to press materials, Hymn is a touching memoir of music in childhood, with words by Bennett and a score by George Fenton. It is directed by Nadia Fall. Cocktail Sticks, directed by Nicholas Hytner, revisits some of the themes and conversations of Bennett's memoir "A Life Like Other People's," in which a son talks to his dead father as his mother yearns for a different life.
Jennings' many appearances at the National include Collaborators, The Habit of Art, Present Laughter, The Alchemist, Stuff Happens, His Girl Friday, The Relapse, The Winter’s Tale and Albert Speer. He also took over as Professor Henry Higgins in the transfer of My Fair Lady to the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, for which he won the Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical.
Untold Stories is designed by Bob Crowley, with lighting by Tom Snell; sound design for Hymn is by Mike Walker and for Cocktail Sticks by John Leonard.