The Habit of Art

Mon 6 Apr - Sat 11 Apr



Following a highly acclaimed tour in 2018, The Original Theatre Company & Anthology in association with Peter Stickney and York Theatre Royal present Alan Bennett’s The Habit of Art.

Exploring friendship, rivalry and heartache this play is about a fictional meeting between two of the 20th century’s most remarkable artists, poet W. H, Auden and composer Benjamin Britten. Starring Matthew Kelly and David Yelland, this multi-layered masterpiece examines the joy, pain and emotional cost of creativity.

Age Guidance: 12+. Contains some strong language and adult themes.

Running time:  2 hr and 10 mins (incl 20 minute interval)

After-show Discussion: Thu 9 Apr


£35 – £10 


£15 Under 16s
Under 18s school groups

£20 16 – 26yrs (with a FREE 16 – 26 Membership)
£4 off for Groups 10+
£5 off for Groups 20+
15% off for Members or 2-4-1 tickets on Mon 6 April, 7.30pm and Wed 8 Apr, 2.15pm

*Discounts are subject to availability and may be removed at any time. Only valid on certain performances - terms and conditions apply.

Credits & Acknowledgments

Directed by Philip Franks

Starring Matthew Kelly and David Yelland


Cast & Creative

Benjamin Chandler

Tim (Stuart)

Jessica Dennis

George (Assistant Stage Manager)

Matthew Kelly

Fitz (W.H.Auden)

Robert Mountford

Neil (The Author)

Veronica Roberts

Kay (Stage Manager)

John Wark

Donald (Humphrey Carpenter)

David Yelland

Henry (Benjamin Butler)