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Alan Bennett (born 9 May 1934) is a British playwright, screenwriter, actor and author. Born in Leeds, West Riding of Yorkshire, he attended Oxford University where he studied history and performed with The Oxford Revue. He stayed to teach and research medieval history at the university for several years. His collaboration as writer and performer with Dudley Moore, Jonathan Miller and Peter Cook in the satirical revue Beyond the Fringe at the 1960 Edinburgh Festival brought him instant fame. He gave up academia, and turned to writing full time, his first stage play Forty Years On being produced in 1968.

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      News Source: The Guardian | 7 days ago
    He also produced other books on Tchaikovsky and on the composers Modest Mussorgsky and Mikhail Glinka, was editor of the New Grove Russian Masters series of composer biographies, and served on the editorial committee of Musica Britannica, the
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      News Source: The Guardian | 11 days ago
    Douglas H Jeffery Joe Orton 's "lost" first play, described by his sister as his closest portrait of the world he grew up in, is to receive its world premiere later this summer, more than half a century after he wrote it. His younger sister, Leonie
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      News Source: The Independent | 26 days ago
    Surely after a lifetime of service to theatre, television and film Richard Wilson deserves better than to be locked in a sound proof box and spun creakily in the darkness of an overheated and airless studio theatre? The 78-year-old's greatest

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  • Nicholas Hytner to direct adaptation of Alan Bennett's The ...

      Blog Source: | 3 months ago
    The fruitful collaboration between director Nicholas Hytner and playwright Alan Bennett is set to continue, as the former is set to direct a film adaptation of Bennett's play The Lady in the Van, it was announced, on the same day that Bennett&
  • Liberal England: Happy 80th birthday to Alan Bennett

      Blog Source: | 3 months ago
    To celebrate his 80th birthday, here is a strikingly youthful Alan Bennett performing one of the headmaster's monologues from his first play. Forty Years On, with its combination of high culture, nostalgia and corny jokes, has always appealed to&
  • Alan Bennett Didn't Want Gay Label, "I Wanted To Be My Own ...

      Blog Source: | 3 months ago
    Alan Bennett has explained how he guarded his sexuality for much of his career to avoid being pigeonholed as a gay playwright. Bennett, one of Britain's most respected writers, is best known for The History Boys and The Madness of...

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