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What were you in life?
In life, as you put it, I was a schoolmaster.

The Beth, an old fashioned cradle-to-grave hospital serving a town on the edge of the Pennines, is threatened with closure as part of an NHS efficiency drive. As Dr Valentine and Sister Gilchrist attend to the patients, a documentary crew, eager to capture its fight for survival, follows the daily struggle to find beds on the Dusty Springfield Geriatric Ward. Meanwhile, the old people’s choir, in readiness for next week’s concert, is in full swing, augmented by the arrival of Mrs Maudsley, aka Pudsey Nightingale.

Alan Bennett’s Allelujah! opened at the Bridge Theatre, London, in July 2018.

With an introduction by Alan Bennett.

Critic Reviews

We are reminded anew of the singular mix of generosity and perversity that make Mr. Bennett one of the most original and invaluable of playwrights.

New York Times
Critic Reviews

Patients' singalongs and Bennett's stinging wit light up a state-of-the-nation play set on a geriatric ward, a richly discursive play.

Critic Reviews

Part play, part revue: a sitcom really, but with serious intent

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A play about our imperiled National Health Service that somehow leaves you bobbing on a wave of happiness. It's remarkable how Bennett's humour and faith in the decency of ordinary people manage to make this an ultimately high-spirited occasion.

Critic Reviews

Alan Bennett's hospital drama is just what the doctor ordered.


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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