3-5 Catherine Street
(5mins) Go right on Long Acre; turn right into Bow Street and after 100 metres turn left (Russell Street) then immediately right onto Catherine Street, where the theatre is located 100 metres down.
|Booking From:||Tuesday, 2nd April 2013|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 15th June 2013|
|Running Time:||1 hour 50 minutes|
The West End welcomes the work of Alan Bennett on a regular basis but in March 2013 the Duchess Theatre will become the home of an Alan Bennett show with a difference. Two plays – Hymn and Cocktail Sticks – will be appearing as part of a double bill called Untold Stories and both celebrate the famous British playwright.
The show originally appeared at the Lyttelton National Theatre in 2012 and now, upon its Duchess transfer, it retains its lead actor in Alex Jennings, who portrays the celebrated writer in both of the plays. Other actors set to take to the stage in the production include Derek Hutchinson, Maggie McCarthy, Gabrielle Lloyd and Jeff Rawle.
Hymn is described as a memoir of music in childhood and is an autobiographical piece that focuses on a particular part of Bennett’s past. It is likely to be a touching play that Alan Bennett fans will certainly want to see, not simply because of its exploration of the man himself but also because it features direction from the talented Nadia Fall and music from the equally talented George Fenton.
Meanwhile, Cocktail Sticks will also receive positive word as it is directed by Nicholas Hytner, the Director of the National Theatre and the man behind various well known plays to emerge from the venue over the years – such as The History Boys and One Man, Two Guvnors. This piece takes its cues from Bennett’s memoir A Life Like Other People’s with a mother wishing to lead a different life whilst her son talks to his deceased father.
Alan Bennett is among the most popular playwright operating in the British Isles and this is thanks to a long list of widely acclaimed plays that he has been penning for more than 50 years. His most famous pieces include The Madness Of George III (and The Madness OF King George, its movie adaptation), The History Boys, The Habit Of Art and Kafka’s Dick, among others. His most recent play was People, which appeared at the Lyttelton National Theatre last year, and that focused the upper class owners of a Yorkshire country house
Untold Stories begins its run at the Duchess Theatre on Tuesday 2nd April 2013 (previews from Friday 22nd March 2013).