Alan Bennett

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Theatre: Susannah Clapp's 10 best of 2020
Our critic looks back on dazzling state-of-the-nation monologues and valiant virtual reimaginings, Ovid and Oliver Twist

Susannah Clapp

26, Dec, 2020 @5:00 PM

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Alan Bennett’s 2020 diary reveals growing health struggles
At 86, the playwright says arthritis is increasingly restrictive, but also finds room for satirical jabs at Boris Johnson’s government and everyday comedy

Alison Flood

23, Dec, 2020 @1:00 PM

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A dramatic year: the 10 best theatre shows of 2020
As the industry faced turmoil, there were triumphant stagings of classics by Sarah Kane, David Mamet and Alan Bennett – and bold new experiments

Arifa Akbar

23, Dec, 2020 @9:00 AM

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Nights in the Gardens of Spain & Miss Fozzard Finds Her Feet review – fetish with flair
Tamsin Greig flutters while Maxine Peake is uproarious in a fiendish double bill from Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads series

Susannah Clapp

11, Oct, 2020 @9:30 AM

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Nights in the Gardens of Spain and Miss Fozzard Finds Her Feet review – pain and passion in Bennett duo
Tamsin Greig and Maxine Peake play long-suffering women, gravely put-upon by the men in their lives, in Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads

Arifa Akbar

02, Oct, 2020 @12:37 PM

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Playing Sandwiches and Lady of Letters review – Alan Bennett's quiet shockers
There are devastating moments and fine performances by Imelda Staunton and Lucian Msamati in this pair of Talking Heads

Arifa Akbar

30, Sep, 2020 @12:14 PM

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The Shrine & Bed Among the Lentils review – silent screams from Monica Dolan and Lesley Manville
The wide-open space of the Bridge is commanded with riveting intimacy in this Talking Heads double bill

Susannah Clapp

13, Sep, 2020 @9:30 AM

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The Outside Dog and The Hand of God review – chintz and terror from Alan Bennett
Rochenda Sandall is sensational as a woman suspicious of her husband’s behaviour, while Kristin Scott Thomas’s genteel dowager revels in nostalgia

Arifa Akbar

11, Sep, 2020 @12:16 PM

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The Shrine and Bed Among the Lentils review – Manville and Dolan are magnificent
Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads monologues were TV gold during lockdown. Seeing Monica Dolan and Lesley Manville perform them live is even better

Arifa Akbar

09, Sep, 2020 @10:55 AM

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Line of Duty's Rochenda Sandall: 'There are so many dimensions to domestic abuse'
After her villainous role in the explosive police drama, the star is playing an isolated woman in Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads and an activist in Steve McQueen’s Small Axe

Arifa Akbar

08, Sep, 2020 @12:08 PM

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The week in TV: Talking Heads; Perry Mason; The Luminaries; The School That Tried to End Racism - review
Alan Bennett’s masterly monologues rebooted; Matthew Rhys makes a superb young Perry Mason; and Channel 4’s anti-racism experiment

Euan Ferguson

28, Jun, 2020 @8:30 AM

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Tracee Ellis Ross: giving voice to a heroine for the pandemic era | Rebecca Nicholson
Daria Morgendorffer’s buddy Jodie grows up, thanks to the Black-ish star

Rebecca Nicholson

27, Jun, 2020 @3:30 PM

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