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Bennett, Alan free

Bennett, Alan free

Born 9 May 1934; s of Walter Bennett and Lilian Mary Peel; civil partnership 2006, Rupert Thomas

writer and dramatist


Leeds Modern Sch.; Exeter Coll., Oxford (BA Modern History, 1957; Hon. Fellow, 1987)


Jun. Lectr, Modern History, Magdalen Coll., Oxford, 1960–62. Trustee, National Gall., 1993–98. Hon. Freeman: Leeds, 2005; Rousham, 2009. Hon. FRA 2000. Hon. DLitt Leeds, 1990. Co-author and actor, Beyond the Fringe, Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh, 1960, Fortune, London, 1961 and Golden, NY, 1962; author and actor, On the Margin (TV series), 1966; stage plays: Forty Years On, Apollo, 1968; Getting On, Queen’s, 1971; Habeas Corpus, Lyric, 1973; The Old Country, Queen’s, 1977; Enjoy, Vaudeville, 1980; Kafka’s Dick, Royal Court, 1986; Single Spies (double bill: A Question of Attribution; An Englishman Abroad (also dir)), NT, 1988; The Wind in the Willows (adapted), NT, 1990; The Madness of George III, NT, 1991, Nottingham Playhouse, 2018; Talking Heads, Comedy, 1992 and 1996; The Lady in the Van, Queen’s, 1999; Hymn, Harrogate Fest., 2001; The History Boys, NT, 2004, NY, 2006; The Habit of Art, NT, 2009; People, NT, 2012; Cocktail Sticks, NT, 2012; Allelujah!, Bridge Th., 2018; BBC TV films: A Day Out, 1972; Sunset Across the Bay, 1975; TV Plays for LWT, 1978–79: Doris and Doreen; The Old Crowd; Me! I’m Afraid of Virginia Woolf; All Day on the Sands; Afternoon Off; One Fine Day; BBC TV plays: A Little Outing, A Visit from Miss Prothero, 1977; Intensive Care, Say Something Happened, Our Winnie, Marks, A Woman of No Importance, Rolling Home; An Englishman Abroad, 1983; The Insurance Man, 1986; Talking Heads (series), 1988, 2020 (adapted for stage comedy, 1992); 102 Boulevard Haussmann, 1991; A Question of Attribution, 1991; Talking Heads 2 (series), 1998; Telling Tales (series), 2000; BBC TV documentaries: Dinner at Noon, 1988; Portrait or Bust, 1994; The Abbey, 1995; Alan Bennett’s Diaries, 2016; Channel 4: Poetry in Motion, 1990; Poetry in Motion 2, 1992; feature films: A Private Function, 1984; Prick Up Your Ears, 1987; The Madness of King George, 1995; The History Boys, 2006; The Lady in the Van, 2015; radio play: Denmark Hill, 2014


(with Cook, Miller and Moore) Beyond the Fringe, 1962; Forty Years On, 1969; Getting On, 1972; Habeas Corpus, 1973; The Old Country, 1978; Enjoy, 1980; Office Suite, 1981; Objects of Affection, 1982; A Private Function, 1984; The Writer in Disguise, 1985; Prick Up Your Ears (screenplay), 1987; Two Kafka Plays, 1987; Talking Heads, 1988 (Hawthornden Prize, 1989); Single Spies, 1989; The Lady in the Van, 1990, complete edn 2015; Poetry in Motion, 1990; The Wind in the Willows (adaptation), 1991; The Madness of George III, 1992; (jtly) Poetry in Motion 2, 1992; Writing Home, 1994 (collected articles); The Madness of King George (screenplay), 1995; The Clothes They Stood Up In, 1998; The Complete Talking Heads, 1998; Father! Father! Burning Bright, 2000; Telling Tales (autobiog.), 2000; The Laying On of Hands, 2001; The History Boys, 2004, screenplay, 2006; Untold Stories, 2005; The Uncommon Reader, 2007; A Life Like Other People’s (memoir), 2009; The Habit of Art, 2009; Smut: two unseemly stories, 2011; Hymn and Cocktail Sticks, 2012; People, 2012; Six Poets: Hardy to Larkin (anthology), 2014; Keeping On Keeping On, 2016; Allelujah!, 2018; Two Besides, 2020


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