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Alan Bennett (born 9 May 1934) is an English actor, author, playwright, and screenwriter. He was born in Leeds and 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.
His work includes The Madness of George III and its film adaptation, the series of monologues Talking Heads, the play and subsequent film of The History Boys, and audio books, including his readings of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Winnie-the-Pooh.
Bennett was born in Armley in Leeds. The younger son of a Co-op butcher, Walter, and his wife Lilian Mary (née Peel), Bennett attended Christ Church, Upper Armley, Church of England School (in the same class as Barbara Taylor Bradford), and then Leeds Modern School (now Lawnswood School).
He learned Russian at the Joint Services School for Linguists during his national service before applying for a scholarship at Oxford University. He was accepted by Exeter College, Oxford, from which he graduated with a first-class degree in history. While at Oxford he performed comedy with a number of eventually successful actors in the Oxford Revue. He remained at the university for several years, where he served as a junior lecturer of Medieval History at Magdalen College, before deciding, in 1960, that he was not suited to being an academic.
In August 1960, Bennett — along with Dudley Moore, Jonathan Miller and Peter Cook — gained fame after an appearance at the Edinburgh Festival in the satirical revue Beyond the Fringe, with the show continuing in London and New York. He also appeared in My Father Knew Lloyd George. His television comedy sketch series On the Margin (1966) was erased; the BBC re-used expensive videotape rather than keep it in the archives. However, in 2014 it was announced that audio copies of the entire series had been found.
Bennett's first stage play Forty Years On, directed by Patrick Garland, was produced in 1968. Many television, stage and radio plays followed, with screenplays, short stories, novellas, a large body of non-fictional prose, and broadcasting and many appearances as an actor.
Despite a long history with both the National Theatre and the BBC, Bennett never writes on commission, saying "I don't work on commission, I just do it on spec. If people don't want it then it's too bad."
His many works for television include his first play for the medium, A Day Out in 1972, A Little Outing in 1977, Intensive Care in 1982, An Englishman Abroad in 1983, and A Question of Attribution in 1991. But perhaps his most famous screen work is the 1988 Talking Heads series of monologues for television which were later performed at the Comedy Theatre in London in 1992. A second set of six Talking Heads followed a decade later.
In his 2005 prose collection Untold Stories, Bennett wrote of the mental illness that his mother and other family members suffered.
He wrote The Lady in the Van based on his experiences with an eccentric woman called Miss Shepherd, who lived on Bennett's driveway in a series of dilapidated vans for more than fifteen years. It was first published in 1989 as an essay in the London Review of Books. In 1990 he published it in book form. In 1999 he adapted it into a stage play, which starred Maggie Smith and was directed by Nicholas Hytner. The stage play includes two characters named Alan Bennett. On 21 February 2009 it was broadcast as a radio play on BBC Radio 4, with Maggie Smith reprising her role and Alan Bennett playing himself. He adapted the story again for a 2015 film, with Maggie Smith reprising her role again, and Nicholas Hytner directing again. In the film Alex Jennings plays the two versions of Bennett, although Alan Bennett appears in a cameo at the very end of the film.
Bennett adapted his 1991 play The Madness of George III for the cinema. Entitled The Madness of King George (1994), the film received four Academy Award nominations: for Bennett's writing and the performances of Nigel Hawthorne and Helen Mirren. It won the award for best art direction.
Bennett's critically acclaimed The History Boys won three Laurence Olivier Awards in 2005, for Best New Play, Best Actor (Richard Griffiths), and Best Direction (Nicholas Hytner), having previously won Critics' Circle Theatre Awards and Evening Standard Awards for Best Actor and Best Play. Bennett also received the Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Theatre. The History Boys won six Tony Awards on Broadway, including best play, best performance by a leading actor in a play (Richard Griffiths), best performance by a featured actress in a play (Frances de la Tour) and best direction of a play (Nicholas Hytner). A film version of The History Boys was released in the UK in October 2006.
Bennett wrote the play Enjoy in 1980. It barely scraped a run of seven weeks at the Vaudeville Theatre, in spite of the stellar cast of Joan Plowright, Colin Blakely, Susan Littler, Philip Sayer, Liz Smith (who replaced Joan Hickson during rehearsals) and, in his first West End role, Marc Sinden. It was directed by Ronald Eyre. A new production of Enjoy attracted very favourable notices during its 2008 UK tour and moved to the West End of London in January 2009. The West End show took over £1 million in advance ticket sales and even extended the run to cope with demand. The production starred Alison Steadman, David Troughton, Richard Glaves, Carol Macready and Josie Walker.
Bennett's play People opened at the National Theatre in October 2012. In December that year, Cocktail Sticks, an autobiographical play by Bennett, premièred at the National Theatre as part of a double bill with the monologue Hymn. The production was directed by Bennett's long-term collaborator Nicholas Hytner. It was well-received, and transferred to the Duchess Theatre in the West End of London, being subsequently adapted for radio broadcast by BBC Radio 4.
Bennett lived for 40 years on Gloucester Crescent in Camden Town in London but now lives a few minutes' walk away at Primrose Hill with his partner Rupert Thomas, the editor of The World of Interiors magazine. Bennett also had a long-term relationship with his former housekeeper, Anne Davies, until her death in 2009.
In September 2005, Bennett revealed that, in 1997, he had undergone treatment for colorectal cancer, and described the illness as a "bore". His chances of survival were given as being "much less" than 50% and surgeons had told him they removed a "rock-bun" sized tumour. He began Untold Stories (published 2005) thinking it would be published posthumously, but his cancer went into remission.
In the autobiographical sketches which form a large part of the book Bennett wrote openly for the first time about his bisexuality. Previously Bennett had referred to questions about his sexuality as like asking a man who has just crawled across the Sahara desert to choose between Perrier or Malvern mineral water.
In October 2008, Bennett announced that he was donating his entire archive of working papers, unpublished manuscripts, diaries and books to the Bodleian Library, stating that it was a gesture of thanks repaying a debt he felt he owed to the British welfare state that had given him educational opportunities which his humble family background would otherwise never have afforded.
In September 2015, Bennett endorsed Jeremy Corbyn's campaign in the Labour Party leadership election. He said: "I think Jeremy Corbyn has given things a good kick in the pants and the fact that he has done so well shows that people are concerned about these issues. The Government would have you think that nobody is concerned about these things, but they are." In the October after Corbyn's election victory he said: "I approve of him. If only because it brings Labour back to what they ought to be thinking about."
Following the death of Jonathan Miller in 2019, he became the only surviving member of the original Beyond the Fringe quartet which had also included Peter Cook and Dudley Moore.
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- In the film for television Not Only But Always, about the careers of Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, Bennett is portrayed by Alan Cox.
- Along with the other members of Beyond the Fringe, Bennett is portrayed in the play Pete and Dud: Come Again, by Chris Bartlett and Nick Awde.
- Bennett voices himself in the episode "Brian's Play" of the animated series Family Guy.
- Bennett was portrayed by Harry Enfield as Stalin, in an episode of "Talking Heads of State", in BBC Two's 2014 satirical Harry and Paul's Story of the Twos.
- Bennett is portrayed by Reece Dinsdale in a 2014 production of Untold Stories at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.
- Bennett is portrayed by British actor Alex Jennings in the 2015 comedy-drama film The Lady in the Van. He appears as himself briefly at the end of the film.
- In the season 2 episode "Mystery Man" of the Netflix show The Crown, Bennett is portrayed by British actor Seb Carrington.
- A Trip to the Moon (actor), 1964
- The Saint (actor; 3 episodes), 1964–65
- Sunday Night (actor; 1 episode), 1965
- My Father Knew Lloyd George (actor and co-writer), 1965
- Famous Gossips (actor; 1 episode), 1965
- Plato—The Drinking Party, 1965
- Alice in Wonderland (actor), 1966
- On the Margin (actor & writer), 1966–67
- Not Only... But Also (actor; 1 episode), 1970
- Hamlet (actor), 1971
- A Day Out (writer and bit role), 1972
- Sunset Across the Bay (writer), 1975
- A Little Outing (actor and writer), 1975
- A Visit from Miss Prothero (writer and narrator), 1978
- Me—I'm Afraid of Virginia Woolf (narrator and writer), 1978
- Doris and Doreen (Green Forms) (writer), 1978
- The Old Crowd (writer) with Lindsay Anderson (director), LWT 1979
- Afternoon Off (actor & writer), 1979
- One Fine Day (writer), 1979
- All Day On the Sands (writer), 1979
- Objects of Affection (writer), 1982
- The Merry Wives of Windsor (actor), 1982
- Intensive Care (actor and writer), 1982
- An Englishman Abroad (writer), 1983
- The Insurance Man (writer), 1986
- Breaking Up (actor), 1986
- Man and Music (narrator), 1986
- Talking Heads (actor (one episode) and writer), 1988
- The Wind in the Willows, The Willows in Winter (voice), 1995–1996
- The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends (voice), 1995
- The Story Store (voices and narrator), 1995
- Down Cemetery Road: The Landscape of Philip Larkin (presenter), 1987
- Fortunes of War series (actor), 1987
- Dinner at Noon (narrator), 1988
- Poetry in Motion (presenter), 1990
- 102 Boulevard Haussmann (writer), 1990
- A Question of Attribution (writer), 1991
- Selling Hitler, 1991
- Ashenden (actor), 1991
- Julie Walters and Friends (actor and co-writer), 1991
- Poetry in Motion 2 (presenter), 1992
- A Night In (presenter), 1992
- The Long Summer (narrator), 1993
- Portrait or Bust (presenter), 1994
- The Abbey (presenter), 1995
- A Dance to the Music of Time (actor), 1997
- Talking Heads 2, 1998
- Did I Say Hairdressing? I Meant Astrophysics (narrator),1998
- Telling Tales (writer and presenter), 2000
- Christmas Under Fire (documentary, as narrator), 2002
- The Young Visiters (narrator), 2003
- Meg and Mog (voice), 2003–04
- The South Bank Show (documentary, as himself), 2005
- Being Alan Bennett (BBC documentary), 2009
- Mark Lawson Talks To Alan Bennett (BBC, extended interview), 2009
- Bennett on Bennett (5 10-minute monologues, as himself), 2009
- Storyville Survivors: My Friend Sam - Living For the Moment (documentary, as himself), 2012
- Family Guy (Brian's Play, as himself), 2013
- The Native Hue of Resolution (documentary, as himself; also contributing writer), 2013
- Mouse and Mole (voice), 2013
- Alan Bennett at 80: Bennett Meets Hytner (documentary, as himself), 2014
- Stop All the Clocks: WH Auden in an Age of Anxiety (documentary, as himself)
- Talking Heads (Remake)
- Better Late, 1959
- Beyond the Fringe (also co-writer), 1960
- The Blood of the Bambergs, 1962
- A Cuckoo in the Nest, 1964
- Forty Years On (also writer), 1968
- Sing a Rude Song (co-writer), 1969
- Getting On (writer), 1971
- Habeas Corpus (also writer), 1973
- The Old Country (writer), 1977
- Enjoy (writer), 1980
- Kafka's Dick (writer), 1986
- A Visit from Miss Prothero (writer), 1987
- Single Spies (An Englishman Abroad and A Question of Attribution) (also writer and director), 1989
- The Wind in the Willows (adaptation), 1990
- The Madness of George III (writer), 1991
- Talking Heads (Waiting for the telegram, A Chip in the Sugar, Bed Among the Lentils, A Lady of Letters, Her Big Chance, Soldiering On, A Cream Cracker Under the Settee) (also writer), 1992
- The Lady in the Van (writer), 1999
- The History Boys (writer), 2004
- The Habit of Art (writer), 2009
- People (writer), 2012
- Hymn (writer), 2012
- Cocktail Sticks (writer), 2012
- Allelujah! (writer), 2018
- Every Home Should Have One (actor; uncredited), 1970
- Long Shot, 1980
- Dreamchild (voice of the Mock Turtle), 1985
- The Secret Policeman's Ball, 1986
- The Secret Policeman's Other Ball, 1982
- A Private Function (screenplay), 1984
- Pleasure at Her Majesty's, 1987
- Prick Up Your Ears (screenplay), 1987
- Little Dorrit, 1987
- The Wind in the Willows (voice of Mole), 1995
- Parson's Pleasure (writer), 1995
- The Madness of King George (screenplay from his play The Madness of George III and cameo appearance), 1995
- The Willows in Winter (voice of Mole), 1996
- In Love and War (actor)
- The Importance of Being Morrissey (cinematic documentary, as himself), 2002
- The History Boys (screenplay, from his play of the same name), 2006
- National Theatre: Fifty Years on Stage (actor and writer), 2013
- The Lady in the Van (screenplay, from his play of the same name; cameo), 2015
- Alan Bennett's Diaries (cinematic documentary, as himself; also writer), 2016
- Beyond the Fringe (with Peter Cook, Jonathan Miller, and Dudley Moore). London: Souvenir Press, 1962, and New York: Random House, 1963
- Forty Years On, London: Faber, 1969
- Getting On, London: Faber, 1972
- Habeas Corpus, London: Faber, 1973
- The Old Country, London: Faber, 1978
- Enjoy, London: Faber, 1980
- Office Suite, London: Faber, 1981
- Objects of Affection, London: BBC Publications, 1982
- A Private Function, London: Faber, 1984
- Forty Years On; Getting On; Habeas Corpus, London: Faber, 1985
- The Writer in Disguise, London: Faber, 1985
- Prick Up Your Ears: The Film Screenplay, London: Faber, 1987
- Two Kafka Plays, London: Faber, 1987
- Talking Heads, London: BBC Publications, 1988; New York: Summit, 1990
- Single Spies, London: Faber, 1989
- The Lady in the Van (essay in the London Review of Books), 1989
- The Lady in the Van (book), 1990
- Single Spies and Talking Heads, New York: Summit, 1990
- Poetry in Motion, (with others). 1990
- The Wind in the Willows, London: Faber, 1991
- Forty Years on and Other Plays, London: Faber, 1991
- The Madness of George III, London: Faber, 1992
- Poetry in Motion 2 (with others) 1992
- Writing Home (memoir & essays) London: Faber, 1994
- The Madness of King George (screenplay), 1995
- Father! Father! Burning Bright (prose version of 1982 TV script, Intensive Care), 1999
- The Laying on of Hands (stories), 2000
- The Clothes They Stood Up In (novella), 2001
- Untold Stories (memoir & essays), London, 2005, ISBN 0-571-22830-5
- The Uncommon Reader (novella), London, 2007
- A Life Like Other People's (memoir), London, 2009
- Smut: Two Unseemly Stories (stories), London, 2011
- Six Poets: Hardy to Larkin: An Anthology, London: Faber, 2015
- Keeping on Keeping On (memoir & essays), London, 2016
- The Shielding of Mrs Forbes, London: Faber, 2019 (part of Faber Stories series)
- Alan Bennett at the BBC (compilation)
- Diaries 1980–1990
- Diaries 1997–2004
- Telling Tales
- The Lady in the Van
- Alan and Thora
- Untold Stories
- Smut: Two Unseemly Stories: The Greening of Mrs Donaldson & The Shielding of Mrs Forbes
- Written on the Body
- A Common Assault
- Beyond the Fringe
- Alan Bennett's on the Margin
- Forty Years On (1973 version)
- Forty Years On (2003 version)
- Kafka's Dick
- An Englishman Abroad (1983 version)
- An Englishman Abroad (2006 version)
- A Question of Attribution
- The Madness of King George III
- The History Boys
- The Lady in the Van (play)
- A Woman of No Importance
- The Clothes They Stood Up In
- The Laying on of Hands
- Father! Father! Burning Bright
- Say Something Happened
- A Visit From Miss Protheroe
- Two in Torquay
- The Uncommon Reader
- Dear Philip, Dear Kingsley (with Robert Hardy)
- Poetry in Motion
- Winnie the Pooh (narrator)
- The House at Pooh Corner (narrator)
- A Party for Pooh (narrator)
- The Wind in the Willows (narrator)
- Peter Pan and Wendy (narrator)
- The Story of Doctor Dolittle (narrator)
- The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle (narrator)
- Doctor Dolittle's Garden (narrator)
- The Owl and the Pussycat (narrator)
- The Little Prince (narrator)
- Animal Farm (narrator)
- Alice in Wonderland and Through The Looking-Glass (narrator)
Awards and honours
- 1963 Tony Award, Special Award: Beyond the Fringe (shared with Peter Cook, Jonathan Miller and Dudley Moore)
- 1963 New York Drama Critics' Circle Award, Special Award: Beyond the Fringe (shared with Peter Cook, Jonathan Miller and Dudley Moore)
- 1968 Evening Standard Award, Special Award: Forty Years On
- 1985 Evening Standard British Film Award, Best Screenplay: A Private Function (shared with Malcolm Mowbray)
- 1987 Critics' Circle Film Award, Screenwriter of the Year: Prick Up Your Ears
- 1987 Evening Standard British Film Award, Best Screenplay: Prick Up Your Ears
- 1989 Hawthornden Prize: Talking Heads
- 1990 Laurence Olivier Award, Best New Comedy: Single Spies
- 1992 British Academy Television Award, Best Single Drama: A Question of Attribution
- 1992 Laurence Olivier Award, Best Entertainment: Talking Heads
- 1992 Laurence Olivier Award, Best Actor in a Musical: Talking Heads
- 1995 Critics' Circle Film Award, Screenwriter of the Year: The Madness of King George
- 1995 Evening Standard British Film Award, Best Screenplay: The Madness of King George
- 1995 British Book Award, Book of the Year: Writing Home
- 1996 British Academy Film Award, Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film: The Madness of King George
- 2000 British Comedy Award, Lifetime Achievement Award
- 2002 British Book Award, Audiobook of the Year: The Laying on of Hands
- 2003 New York Drama Critics' Circle Award, Best Foreign Play: Talking Heads
- 2003 British Book Award, Lifetime Achievement Award
- 2004 Critics' Circle Theatre Award, Best New Play: The History Boys
- 2004 Evening Standard Award, Best Play: The History Boys
- 2005 Laurence Olivier Award, Best New Play: The History Boys
- 2005 Laurence Olivier Award, Society of London Theatre Special Award
- 2005 Critics' Circle Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts
- 2006 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Play: The History Boys
- 2006 New York Drama Critics' Circle Award, Best Play: The History Boys
- 2006 Outer Critics Circle Award, Outstanding Broadway Play: The History Boys
- 2006 Tony Award, Best Play: The History Boys
- 2006 J. R. Ackerley Prize for Autobiography: Untold Stories
- 2006 British Book Award, Author of the Year
- 2008 Bodley Medal
- 1984 British Academy Film Award, Best Original Screenplay: A Private Function
- 1987 British Academy Film Award, Best Adapted Screenplay: Prick Up Your Ears
- 1989 British Academy Television Award, Best Actor: A Chip in the Sugar
- 1989 British Academy Television Award, Best Drama Series: A Cream Cracker under the Settee (shared with Innes Lloyd)
- 1989 British Academy Television Award, Best Single Drama: A Bed Among the Lentils (shared with Innes Lloyd)
- 1989 British Academy Television Award, Best Single Drama: A Lady of Letters (shared with Innes Lloyd and Giles Foster)
- 1994 Academy Award, Best Adapted Screenplay: The Madness of King George
- 1995 British Academy Film Award, Best Adapted Screenplay: The Madness of King George
- 1999 British Academy Television Award, Best Single Drama: Waiting for the Telegram (shared with Mark Shivas and Stuart Burge)
- 1999 British Academy Television Award, Best Single Drama: Playing Sandwiches (shared with Mark Shivas and Udayan Prasad)
- 2003 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Play: Talking Heads
- 2003 Outer Critics Circle Award, Outstanding Off-Broadway Play: Talking Heads
- 2006 Samuel Johnson Prize: Untold Stories
- 2007 GLAAD Media Award, Outstanding Film - Limited Release: The History Boys
- 2008 Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize: The Uncommon Reader
Bennett was made an Honorary Fellow of Exeter College, Oxford, in 1987. He was also awarded a D.Litt by the University of Leeds in 1990 and an honorary doctorate from Kingston University in 1996. In 1998 he refused an honorary doctorate from Oxford University, in protest at its acceptance of funding for a chair from press baron Rupert Murdoch. He also declined a CBE in 1988 and a knighthood in 1996. He has stated that, although he is not a republican, he would never wish to be knighted, saying it would be a bit like having to wear a suit for the rest of his life.
In December 2011 Bennett returned to Lawnswood School, nearly 60 years after he left, to unveil the renamed Alan Bennett Library. He said he "loosely" based The History Boys on his experiences at the school and his admission to Oxford. Lawnswood School dedicated its library to the writer after he emerged as a vocal campaigner against public library cuts. Plans to shut local libraries were "wrong and very short-sighted", Bennett said, adding: "We're impoverishing young people."
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- "Alan Bennett's lost series On The Margin is recovered". BBC News Online. 17 March 2014.
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- Jury, Louise."Historic night for Alan Bennett as his new play dominates the Olivier awards", The Independent, 21 February 2005
- Shenton, Mark."Which flops are ripe for revival?" Theatre Blog, The Guardian, 28 August 2008
- Let's enjoy Alan Bennett's revival play for what it is – Daniel Tapper on Alan Bennett's Enjoy guardian.co.uk, 6 February 2009
- Enjoy by Alan Bennett at the Gielgud Theatre, review The Daily Telegraph, 3 February 2009
- Curtain re-opens on Bennett Play BBC News, 29 January 2009
- Bennett's Enjoy extends two weeks to 16 May 2009 London Theatre, 18 February 2009
- "Nicholas Hytner on his time at the National Theatre", Times Online, 9 February 2009
- "Alan Bennett's new play to open at National Theatre", The Guardian, 23 January 2012
- Billington, Michael (17 December 2012). "Hymn/Cocktail Sticks – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 January 2015.
- "Cocktail Sticks". BBC Radio 4. Retrieved 3 January 2015.
- "Allelujah!", "Bridge Theatre", accessed 25 August 2018
- The Guardian profile: Alan Bennett The Guardian. 14 May 2004
- Alan Bennett reveals that his lover, 'Café Anne', is dead The Independent, 22 November 2009
- "Alan Bennett: "You have to be careful about becoming an old git"". Radio Times. 24 December 2016. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
- Video on YouTube
- Playwright who rejected a knighthood says he's probably the last real monarchist left in Britain The Independent, 31 May 2009
- "Alan Bennett reveals cancer fight", BBC News, 24 September 2005
- "Inside Bennett's fridge", The Daily Telegraph, 30 October 2004
- Kennedy, Maev "A small way of saying thank you: Bennett donates his life's work to the Bodleian", The Guardian, 24 October 2008
- "Alan Bennett: the UK Government is deplorable... but Corbyn has given things a good kick in the pants". The Herald. Glasgow. 1 September 2015. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
- Gani, Aisha (31 October 2015). "Alan Bennett: Tories govern with 'totalitarian attitude'". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
- "Theatre director Sir Jonathan Miller dies aged 85". BBC News. 27 November 2019 – via BBC.
- "Not Only But Always" – via www.imdb.com.
- Ferguson, Euan (31 May 2014). "The Complainers; The Story of Women and Art; Harry and Paul's Story of the Twos – review". The Guardian.
- "Leeds Theatre Shows at West Yorkshire Playhouse". Archived from the original on 7 June 2014. Retrieved 11 June 2014.
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