The Original Theatre Company & Anthology In association with Peter Stickney and York Theatre Royal present

The Habit of Art

CANCELLED - Mon 18 - Sat 23 May 2020

Following Government advice, the theatre will be closed to the public until further notice. Unfortunately, this means that these performances will no longer be able to go ahead. If you have already booked your tickets, our Box Office will be in touch with you directly, using contact details provided at the time of booking.
Find up-to-date information here.

You can now watch a high quality recording of The Habit of Art online at Original Online, along with lots of other great digital content from the cast and crew of the show. Original Theatre are asking for a small minimum donation of £2.50 to watch the show. You can pre-order the show now and it will be launching on Thu 26 March.

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

Alan Bennett is one 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 Olivier Award 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).

***** “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.” – BroadwayWorld

**** “Ambitious, revealing and hugely entertaining.” – The Times

Event Info


£35 – £14

Unfortunately, we’ve had to cancel this performance. If you have already booked your tickets, our Box Office will be in touch with you directly. Find up-to-date information on how we’re dealing with the Coronavirus outbreak here.


13+ (contains adult themes and some swearing) book now

Supplementary Event

Pre-Show Dining - The Habit of Art

Mon 18 - Sat 23 May 2020 read more book now