He can fair talk, that Alan Bennett

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He was part of a group that broke the mould in comedy writing with his work on

Alan Bennett has been an adored writer ever since and one of his all-time hits was a series of plays he did for the BBC called

Now these plays are being brought back and performed at the Mitchell Theatre until Saturday.

Each of the plays takes a peek behind the curtain of its characters and exposes their flaws and weaknesses.

Such was the strength of Bennett’s writing, and such was the respect he commanded, that many big-name stars have wanted to appear in an Alan Bennett play.

Actresses such as Julie Walters, Penelope Wilton, Patricia Routledge and Maggie Smith have all appeared in one of Bennett’s

Of course Bennett was no mean actor himself if needs demanded it and he took on the role of Graham Whittaker in

His character is a middle-aged gay man who feels threatened when his mother reunities with a former flame and moves to silence any talk of marriage when it is mooted — but at what cost to his lonely mother?


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