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article imageNew Alan Bennett play to open in London

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By Tim Sandle
Sep 22, 2012 in Arts
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London - 'People', a new play by the renowned playwright Alan Bennett will be performed at the National Theater in London from October 31.
Celebrated playwright Alan Bennett ('Madness of King George', 'The History Boys') has a new play in London. The play is called 'People' and it will be performed at the National Theater in London.
Playbill reports that the lead role in the play is taken by Frances de la Tour, playing the character Dorothy. This is the actresses third new play by Alan Bennett following 'The History Boys' and 'The Habit of Art'. The actress is joined on stage by Selina Cadell and Linda Bassett.
It was for her work in the play 'The History Boys' that Frances de la Tour, won a Tony Award for Featured Actress in a Play when it transferred to Broadway. The new play, 'People', reunites the actress with the director of 'The History Boys', Nicholas Hytner.
Frances de la Tour is an English actress perhaps best known for her role as Miss Ruth Jones in the British sitcom 'Rising Damp', and as Madame Olympe Maxime in the film adaptation of 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire' and 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1'.
Alan Bennett s a British playwright, screenwriter, actor and author. Bennett's output includes 'The Madness of George III' and its film incarnation 'The Madness of King George', the series of monologues 'Talking Heads', the play 'The History Boys', and popular audio books, including his readings of 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' and 'Winnie-the-Pooh'.
'People' will be Alan Bennett's sixth play which has debuted at the National Theatre. The outline for the play, according to the National Theater, is:
"A sale? Why not? Release all your wonderful treasures onto the open market and they are there for everyone to enjoy. It’s a kind of emancipation, a setting them free to range the world… a saleroom here, an exhibition there; art, Lady Stacpoole, is a rover.
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 wonders if an attic sale could be a solution."
If the play is anywhere close to Bennett's previous work, it should be something special.
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