Alan Bennett's The Habit of Art to Be Broadcast Worldwide April 22

News   Alan Bennett's The Habit of Art to Be Broadcast Worldwide April 22
Tony and Olivier winner Alan Bennett's latest play, The Habit of Art, will be broadcast live (via satellite) worldwide from London's National Theatre, as part of its NT Live programming series, April 22.

The Habit of Art is directed by Tony winner Nicholas Hytner and features Richard Griffiths, Alex Jennings, Adrian Scarborough and Frances de la Tour.

The play, as with others in the series, will be seen in high definition in over 330 cinemas and performing arts spaces around the globe. The Habit of Life concludes the pilot season of NT Live, which has so far broadcast performances of Phedre, All's Well That Ends Well and Nation.

Screenings in the New York metropolitan area will take place at Brooklyn Academy of Music, Cinema Arts Centre, City Cinema 123, Skirball Center for the Performing Arts/NYU, Fairfield University (CT), Monmouth University (NJ) and the Shakespeare Theatre Company (DC).

Press notes say Bennett's play "looks at the unsettling desires of two difficult men - Benjamin Britten and W H Auden - and at the ethics of biography. It reflects on growing old, on creativity and inspiration, and on persisting when all passion's spent: ultimately, on the habit of art."

Bennett won a Tony Award for The History Boys (for which Griffiths and de la Tour also received Leading Actor and Featured Actress trophies, respectively, and for which Hytner won his second Tony for direction). Bennett also received a special Tony for the revue Beyond the Fringe, sharing it with his co-writers Peter Cook, Jonathan Miller and Dudley Moore. (All four also performed the piece.) Bennett's other plays include Talking Heads, The Madness of King George, Prick Up Your Ears, A Woman of No Importance, Habeas Corpus and Getting On. For more information and to find a screening in your area, visit For tickets visit local cinemas.

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