NT Live: The Habit of Art

United Kingdom | 2010 | 3hrs with intermission | Nicholas Hytner

November 7, 2013

Alan Bennett’s acclaimed 2010 play showcases a hilarious and heartfelt performance from the late Richard Griffiths.

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.


Special presentation
$20 | $15 Members | $19 Seniors & Youth
SIFF Passes, Vouchers, and other discounts are not valid

  • Director: Nicholas Hytner
  • Principal Cast: Richard Griffiths, Alex Jennings, Frances de la Tour
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Year: 2010
  • Running Time: 3hrs with intermission
  • Screenplay: Alan Bennett
  • Website: National Theatre Live
  • Format: HD