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The Habit of Art

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About The Habit of Art

Oxford 1972. Benjamin Britten, sailing uncomfortably close to the wind with his new opera, Death in Venice, seeks advice from his former collaborator and friend, W H Auden. During this imagined meeting, their first for twenty-five years, they are observed and interrupted by, amongst others, their future biographer and a young man from the local bus station.

‘In the end,' said Auden, ‘art is small beer. The really serious things in life are earning one's living and loving one's neighbour.'

Both amusing and thought provoking, the play reflects on growing old, on creativity and inspiration, and on persisting when all passion's spent: ultimately, on the habit of art.

'Another absolute cracker... wonderfully and sometimes filthily funny.'
Daily Telegraph

'Bennett the maestro returns with a multi-layered masterpiece.'
Independent

'Nicholas Hytner's flawless production carries you along in a wave of pleasure
Mail on Sunday

'Gorgeously propelled by revealing performances all round.'
Sunday Express