Alan Bennett’s Untold Stories

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A critically acclaimed double-bill of Alan Bennett's autobiographical recollections, Hymn and Cocktail Sticks. Read More >

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.


Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 22/03/2013

Opening Night: 02/04/2013

Closing Night: 15/06/2013

Running time: 1h50

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Cast & Creative


Alex Jennings, Derek Hutchinson, Gabrielle Lloyd, Maggie McCarthy, Jeff Rawle


Director - Nadia Fall/Nicholas Hytner

Producer - National Theatre

Designer - Bob Crowley

Lighting Designer - Tom Snell

Sound - Mike Walker/John Leonard

Author - Alan Bennett

Music By - George Fenton

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