Starring: Richard Griffiths, Alex Jennings, Tom Attwood, Laurence Belcher, Danny Burns, Martin Chamberlain, Philip Childs, John Heffernan, Frances de la Tour.
Presented by London’s National Theatre , and broadcast live to theatre’s around the world .. The Habit of Art is a 2009 play by English playwright Alan Bennett, which centers on a fictional meeting between W. H. Auden and Benjamin Britten while Britten is composing the opera “Death in Venice”.
The play has been described as a multi-layered postmodern masterpiece, describing the meeting between poet W.H. Auden ( Richard Griffiths ) and composer Benjamin Britten ( Alex Jennings ) in 1972, some 30 years after the failure of the opera they wrote together.
But the play is not just about this meeting… it is a rehearsal of the play, so includes the stage manager ( Frances de la Tour ) who steps in occasionally to read the part for an absent actor, the writer, who must field complaints about his play, and even a casual walk on from another play being performed elsewhere in the theatre complex.
Multi-camera prop shot. The disc also includes a backstage documentary.
Run time: 180m
B&W / Color: Color
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