Bennett's Untold Stories debuts to rave reviews on the West End

Bennett's Untold Stories debuts to rave reviews on the West End

Updated On: May 1, 2018
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    Alan Bennett's autobiographical double bill UNTOLD STORIES has debuted at the Duchess Theatre to rave reviews. The production transferred to the West End after a critically acclaimed run at the National Theatre.

    The Daily Telegraph gave it FIVE STARS, with Dominic Cavendish praising Olivier Award winner Alex Jennings who “[plays] the author with sublime assurance.” Cavendish added that UNTOLD STORIES is “an evening of invigorating, unadulterated Bennettian wit and wisdom…a reflection on the gentle way things were – and in summoning childhood and youth long past, it bids a poignant adieu to a vanished country.”

    The play also received four stars from the Evening Standard, Guardian, Independent, the Financial Times and Time Out.

    HYMN, directed by Nadia Fall, “skilfully interweaves words, music and image to create the fabric of memory” (Sarah Hemming, Financial Times). The Independent's Kate Bassett also praised “quietly superb” Jeff Rawle and “poignant” Gabrielle Lloyd who play Bennett's parents in COCKTAIL STICKS.

    Applauded by the FT as “a trip down memory lane,” UNTOLD STORIES is a double bill of recollections by renowned playwright Alan Bennett (The History Boys, Forty Years On, The Habit of Art, The Madness of George III). A touching memoir of music in childhood, HYMN boasts an evocative score by George Fenton. Directed by Nicholas Hytner, COCKTAIL STICKS revisits some of the themes and conversations of Alan Bennett's memoir A Life Like Other People's.

    At the Duchess Theatre for a limited run until 15 June, book your UNTOLD STORIES tickets today!