Alex Jennings in Alan Bennett Double Untold Stories at the Duchess Theatre

Thursday, 31st Jan 2013  

The Shows Hymn and Cocktail Sticks Set to Transfer to the West End Following their Appearances at the National Theatre

Two plays are set to land in the West End in April as part of a double bill, with Alex Jennings portraying the famous playwright Alan Bennett in both of the shows. Hymn and Cocktail Sticks will both appear as part of a production entitled Untold Stories, with Nadia Fall directing the former and the acclaimed Nicholas Hytner taking on the same duties for the latter. The production follows in the footsteps of other well known National theatre shows to transfer to the West End, the highest profile of which are War Horse and One Man, Two Guvnors.

Hymn has simply been described as a memoir of music in childhood and features a score by George Fenton alongside Nadia Fall’s direction. Fall is a regular director with the National Theatre, having been behind a wealth of shows in recent years, with The Doctor’s Dilemma appearing at the South Bank venue in 2012, alongside rehearsed readings of productions like Liola’ and Future Conditional. She also directed How Was It For You at the Unicorn Theatre and Aces And Jacks for the Bridewell Theatre during the Guildhall Final Year Show in 2011.

Meanwhile, Cocktail Sticks takes its cues from Bennett’s memoirs entitled A Life Like Other People’s with a son speaking to his deceased father whilst his mother looks at her life and wishes for something different. The production is directed by Nicholas Hytner, who is the Director of the National Theatre and, as a result, has brought a wide range of well known shows to the stage at South Bank. Recently this has included Timon of Athens at the Olivier Theatre in 2012, Collaborators at the Cottesloe Theatre in 2011 and One Man, Two Guvnors at the Lyttelton Theatre in 2011. Looking further back, he has also directed shows like Hamlet, The Habit Of Art, England People Very Nice and The History Boys, among others.

Jennings, who portrays Bennett in both, has also enjoyed a successful career with various credits, from movies such as The Queen (in which he portrayed Prince Charles) to stage shows like The Habit Of Art (as Benjamin Britten).

Both shows appear as part of Untold Stories at the Duchess Theatre from Tuesday 2nd April 2013 (previews from Friday 22nd March 2013) to Saturday 15th June 2013.