Alan Bennett's Untold Stories transfers to West End

Alan Bennett's Untold Stories transfers to West End

Updated On: Sep 20, 2017
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    UNTOLD STORIES – Alan Bennett’s critically acclaimed double bill at the National Theatre – will transfer to the West End’s Duchess Theatre this March.

    Alex Jennings will reprise his role as the renowned playwright in both HYMN and COCKTAIL STICKS – two autobiographical recollections that are currently playing alongside Bennett’s new play PEOPLE at Southbank.

    Set to music by George Fenton, HYMN is described as “a memoir of music in childhood” and was originally created in 2001 following Fenton’s appearance in Bennett’s play Forty Years On. Directed by Nadia Fall, the nostalgic piece brings together Bennett’s memories of concerts at Leeds Hall with instrumental passages and stories of his father teaching him the violin.

    Having received its world premiere at the National Theatre, COCKTAIL STICKS is a new work that revisits themes and conversations from Bennett’s memoir A Life Like Other People’s. Directed by Nicholas Hytner, the hour-long piece sees a son talk to his dead father as his mother yearns for a different life.

    UNTOLD STORIES marks return to the West End for three-time Olivier Award winner Jennings.

    His London theatre credits include My Fair Lady, Peer Gynt, The Winter’s Tale, The Scarlet Pimpernel and Too Clever By Half, in addition to the National Theatre productions of Collaborators, The Habit Of Art, Present Laughter and The Alchemist. His film credits include The Queen, Babel, The Wings of the Dove, Silk and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.

    UNTOLD STORIES will play a limited 12-week run at the Duchess Theatre from 22 March, with press night 2 April. Tickets on sale now!

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