National Theatre Live: The Habit of Art

National Theatre Live’s 2010 broadcast of Alan Bennett’s acclaimed play The Habit of Art, with Richard Griffiths, Alex Jennings and Frances de la Tour, returns to cinemas as part of the National Theatre's 50th anniversary celebrations.

Benjamin Britten, sailing uncomfortably close to the wind with his new opera, Death in Venice, seeks advice from his former collaborator and friend, W H Auden. During this imagined meeting, their first for twenty-five years, they are observed and interrupted by, amongst others, their future biographer and a young man from the local bus station.

Alan Bennett’s play is as much about the theatre as it is about poetry or music. It looks at the unsettling desires of two difficult men, and at the ethics of biography. It reflects on growing old, on creativity and inspiration, and on persisting when all passion’s spent: ultimately, on the habit of art.

As a part of the National Theatre Live series, “The Habit of Art” was recorded live in London. Phoenix Art Museum is the exclusive Phoenix-area venue for this thrilling series of great plays.

Cost: $15 Museum Members, students with ID; $18 general admission.  Tickets available here.

Presented in High Definition and Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound. Runtime: approx 3hrs.

Multi-ticket packages are also available!

National Theatre Live at Phoenix Art Museum is generously sponsored by Sue and Bud Selig.

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