The Habit of Art at the Bridewell Theatre
Tower Theatre Amateur Dramatic Company will present the London amateur premiere of Alan Bennett's The Habit of Art at the Bridewell Theatre in central London from 3 to 7 March 2015.
The play was originally presented at the National Theatre in 2009 directed by Nicholas Hytner and gained positive notices, particularly the performances of Alex Jennings and Richard Griffiths.
The production will feature Ian Recordon as Fitz/W H Auden, Martin South as Henry/Benjamin Britten, Dan Usztan as Donal/Humphrey Carpenter, Neil Bowman as Tim/Stuart and Ian Hoare as Brian. It will be directed by Victor Craven and feature set design by Jude Chalk.
"Set in a National Theatre rehearsal room, we meet a group of actors who, abandoned by their director for the day, rehearse a run-through of the play Caliban's Day - the subject of which is an imagined meeting between poet W. H. Auden and composer Benjamin Britten. Britten, sailing uncomfortably close to the wind with his new opera, Death in Venice, seeks advice from his former collaborator and friend. The drama that unfolds between the two men is mirrored to great comic and theatrical effect between the actors portraying them in the rehearsal room."
The Tower Theatre Company are the only full-time, non-professional company in central London and stages up to 18 productions a year. They were founded in 1932 and have over 700 members who "get involved for the sheer love of it".