Auden, Britten and Alan Bennett

Blimey – Alan Bennett has written a new play about the relationship of WH Auden and Benjamin Britten. It’s called The Habit of Art and opens at the Lyttleton on 5 November. It centres, apparently, on a meeting between the two late in their lives, an encounter that never actually happened – but Bennett is such a brilliant writer than I am sure we will forgive him that. Richard Griffiths plays Auden.

Richard Morrison has an article in today’s Times about it

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