Alex Jennings reprises his role as the renowned playwright, in Alan Bennett’s critically acclaimed double-bill of autobiographical recollections, Hymn and Cocktail Sticks.
Nadia Fall directs Hymn, a touching memoir of music in childhood. With an evocative score written by George Fenton and performed by members of Southbank Sinfonia, this nostalgic piece brings together Bennett’s memories of concerts at Leeds Hall with instrumental passages, and stories of his father teaching him the violin.
Cocktail Sticks, directed by Nicholas Hytner, has been described as one of Bennett’s finest and most moving works. Drawing themes from Bennett’s memoir, A Life Like Other People’s, the piece sees a son talk to his dead father as his mother yearns for a different life.