Thursday, 21 February 2013

People (theatre)

I believe the last Alan Bennett play to be performed around the Eastbourne area was Bootcamp theatre's wonderful The History Boys at the Under Ground in August 2012. Now the National Theatre has chosen Bennett's newest play, People, to be one of its NTlive offerings so we get the chance to see it, broadcast live from London, at the Cineworld in Sovereign Harbour.


People spoil things; there are so many of them and the last thing one wants is them traipsing through one’s house. But with the park a jungle and a bath on the billiard table, what is one to do? Dorothy (Frances de la Tour) wonders if an attic sale could be a solution but her sister June (Selina Cadell) thinks they should offload everything onto the National Trust.

Bennett is one of Britain’s most celebrated playwrights, and the much anticipated People is the sixth of his plays to have its premiere at the National Theatre. He is reunited with director Nicholas Hytner and Olivier Award-winning actress Frances de la Tour, with whom he worked on  both The History Boys and The Habit of Art. Also in the cast are Linda Bassett, Selina Cadell and Miles Jupp. I found an interesting review of People on another blogger's  website, Glen's Theatre Reviews.

Cineworld, Thu 21st Mar, 19.00.
Tickets £13.50 adults, £11.50 children, available online, by calling 0871 200 2000 or in person from the machines in the foyer.