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Alan Bennett Plays 1

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ISBN
9780571246861
Date Published
04.09.2008
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Summary

This collection of Alan Bennett’s work includes his first play and West End hit, Forty Years On, as well as Getting On, Habeus Corpus, and Enjoy.

Forty Years On

‘Alan Bennett’s most gloriously funny play … a brilliant, youthful perception of a nation in decline, as seen through the eyes of a home-grown school play … a classic.’ Daily Mail

Getting On

Winner of the Evening Standard Best Comedy Award in 1971, Getting on is an account of a middle-aged Labour MP, so self-absorbed that he remains blind to the fact that his wife is having an affair with the handyman, his mother-in-law in dying, his son is getting ready to leave home, his best friend thinks him a fool and that to everyone who comes into contact with him he is a self-esteeming joke.

Habeus Corpus

‘After two elegiac comedies about the decline of old England, Mr Bennett has now written a gorgeously vulgar but densely plotted facre that is a downright celebration of sex and the human body … a combination of hurtling action with verbal brilliance.’ Guardian

Enjoy

Enjoy uncannily foresaw the attitudes to English working-class life now enshrined in themeparks. ‘The classic tug in Bennett between childhod Yorkshire and intellectual sophistication has never been better, or more daringly expressed.’ Observer

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Alan Bennett has been one of our leading dramatists since the success of Beyond the Fringe in the 1960s. His television series Talking Heads has become a modern-day classic, as have many of his works for the stage including Forty Years On, The Lady in the Van (together with the screenplay), A Question of Attribution, The Madness of George III (together with the Oscar-nominated screenplay The Madness of King George), and…

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