The Habit of Art
Main House, Comedy, Drama

The Habit of Art

Following new guidance issued by the Government and our industry body, UK Theatre, the Everyman Theatre is suspending all operation (including performances, workshops, tours, Education and Community activity and our catering operation) for a limited time period.

We will continue to monitor the situation and heed advice with the focus being on maintaining the continued health and safety of our staff and the public, and returning to provide a valued service when safe to do so.

Ticket holders for The Habit of Art will be contacted individually via email or telephone (if we do not possess your email address), with instruction on obtaining refunds or exchanges.


The critically acclaimed and celebrated production of the masterly Bennett comedy is coming to the Everyman Theatre following a hugely successful UK tour.

Alan Bennett is one of our greatest and most celebrated playwrights, with a cavalcade of stage and screen blockbusters including The History Boys, The Madness of King George, and Talking Heads. He is applauded as a genius for his sharp character observations and treasured for the way he beautifully balances wit, wistfulness and compassion.

In The Habit of Art, Bennett gives us a play about a meeting between two of the 20th centuries most remarkable artists, the poet WH Auden and the composer Benjamin Britten.

Exploring friendship, rivalry and heartache this multi-layered masterpiece examines the joy, pain and emotional cost of creativity.

This beautifully nuanced production is directed by Philip Franks and stars the Olvier Awared-winning Matthew Kelly (Of Mice and Men, Toast and Pride and Prejudice), David Yelland (Chariots of Fire and The Crown) and Veronica Roberts (Peak Practice and Tenko).

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“Witty, moving, laugh-aloud funny and understatedly profound”

The Observer

“At times hilarious, at others moving, but always deeply human. Thought-provoking and expertly played, this is not a production to be missed.”

Broadway World

“Ambitious, revealing and hugely entertaining”

The Times

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