Alan Bennett’s acclaimed play returns in honor of National’s 50th Anniversary
Sedona AZ (January 9, 2014) – The National Theatre of London celebrates its 50th Anniversary with the encore presentation of “The Habit of Art” on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 18-19. The Sedona International Film Festival hosts the big screen premiere of Alan Bennett’s celebrated play. The Saturday show will take place at 7 p.m., and the Sunday show will be at 4 p.m. at the festival’s Mary D. Fisher Theatre.
“The Habit of Art” features stellar performances by Richard Griffiths, Alex Jennings and Frances de la Tour.
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.
Alan Bennett’s play is as much about the theatre as it is about poetry or music. It looks at the unsettling desires of two difficult men, and at the ethics of biography. It reflects on growing old, on creativity and inspiration, and on persisting when all passion’s spent: ultimately, on the habit of art.
The production garnered four- and five-star reviews from every major publication in London:
‘Another absolute cracker, often wonderfully and sometimes filthily funny, but also deeply and unexpectedly moving.’ — Daily Telegraph
‘Bennett the maestro returns with a multi-layered masterpiece.’ — Independent
‘A superbly fluid production by Nicholas Hytner and beautifully acted.’ — Guardian
“The Habit of Art” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Saturday, Jan. 18 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 19 at 4:00 p.m. Tickets are $15, or $12.50 for Film Festival members. Tickets are available in advance at the Sedona International Film Festival office or by calling 928-282-1177. Both the theatre and film festival office are located at 2030 W. Hwy. 89A, in West Sedona. For more information, visit: www.SedonaFilmFestival.org.