The Habit Of Art

The Habit Of Art

Part of Streamdoor: theatre you can watch from home

“Alan Bennetts "Witty, moving, laugh-aloud funny and understatedly profound" (β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜… Observer) play starring Matthew Kelly and David Yelland will be available to watch online for a limited time. You can pre order now!”


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.

We know how disappointing it has been to our audiences, cast, creatives and Original Theatre to have to close our shows. We are thrilled to be able to share these brilliant shows with you digitally - our own theatre without walls.

However, the Original Theatre Company operates with no Arts Council support and relies almost solely on the box office takings. With our two productions of The Habit of Art and The Croft both out on national tours, the immediate cancellations are financially devastating for us. But we are determined, wherever possible, to meet our financial commitments made to our actors, stage managers and suppliers who are all dependent on us to survive the coming months.

Every penny we make through this online release will go to the people who helped make this show who now find themselves in a hugely precarious financial position.

Date & time

Show ended
Online launch, Thu 26 Mar, 8.15pm, then available until Tue 2 Jun.
Runtime: 2 hrs


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