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London National Theatre Live in HD: ‘The Habit of Art’ on May 8 at Peterborough Players


Mother’s Day weekend theatre event at the Peterborough Players; London’s National Theatre will be filmed live and broadcast via satellite onto the Players’ 10’ X 16’ screen. Alan Bennett’s highly acclaimed new play, The Habit of Art, will be shown in high definition on Saturday, May 8, 2:00 PM.

Directed by Nicholas Hytner, The Habit of Art reflects on creativity and inspiration, on growing old, and on persisting when all passion’s spent: ultimately, on the habit of art. The Habit of Art looks at the unsettling desires of two difficult men – composer Benjamin Britten and poet W. H. Auden – and at the ethics of biography. Britten, sailing uncomfortably close to the wind with his new opera, Death in Venice, seeks advice from his former collaborator and friend, Auden. During this imagined meeting, their first for twenty-five years, they are observed and interrupted by, amongst others, their future biographer.

Please note: The Habit of Art contains strong language and sexual references.

The Peterborough Players is handicapped accessible and equipped with hearing devices.

Compiled from the press release courtesy of the Peterborough Players (website | profile | tag archive).

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