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Theatre Performance, Wed 18 - Sat 21 Mar 2020

Devonshire Park Theatre

Devonshire Park Theatre


Compton Street,
East Sussex,
BN21 4BW


The Original Theatre Company & Anthology In association with Peter Stickney and York Theatre Royal present:

Alan Bennett’s
The Habit of Art

Directed by Philip Franks
Starring Matthew Kelly and David Yelland?

The critically acclaimed and celebrated production of the masterly Bennett comedy is coming to Eastbourne's Devonshire Park Theatre following a hugely successful UK tour.

Alan Bennett is one our greatest and most celebrated playwrights, with a cavalcade of stage and screen blockbusters including The History Boys, The Madness of King George and Talking Heads. He is applauded as a genius for his sharp character observations and treasured for the way he beautifully balances wit, wistfulness and compassion.

In The Habit of Art, Bennett gives us a play about a meeting between two of the 20th centuries most remarkable artists, the poet WH Auden and the composer Benjamin Britten.

Exploring friendship, rivalry and heartache this multi layered masterpiece examines the joy, pain and emotional cost of creativity.

This beautifully nuanced production is directed by Philip Franks and stars the Olivier Award winning Matthew Kelly (Of Mice and Men, Toast and Pride and Prejudice, David Yelland (Chariots of Fire and The Crown) and Veronica Roberts (Peak Practice and Tenko).

Age recommendation 13+, Adult themes and strong language

Running time approx. 2hrs 35 mins including 1x interval of 20 minutes.

????? “Witty, moving, laugh-aloud funny and understatedly profound.” The Observer

???? “At times hilarious, at others moving, but always deeply human. Thought-provoking and expertly played, this is not a production to be missed.” BroadwayWorld

???? “Ambitious, revealing and hugely entertaining.” The Times

Coach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (with charge)Disabled toiletsFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toiletsAccepts groups

Event details

Dates Times
Wed 18 - Sat 21 Mar 2020
Evenings 7:45pm
Thurstay & Saturday matinee 2:30pm

Wednesday-Thursday evenings £19,£20,£22.50, £24.50
Friday & Saturday evenings £19, £21, £24.50, £26.50
Thursday & Saturday matinee £19, £22

Prices inclusive of £1 per ticket booking fee.

Concessions: £1.50 (evenings only)
Students & under 16s £9
Under 25s £10
Groups of 10+ get 10% off (evenings only)
Friends of the Devonshire Park Theatre - 25% off (First night only)

Events at this Venue

date event
Wed 16 Oct Charlie Landsborough in Concert
Thu 17 - Sat 19 Oct No Man's Land
Sun 20 Oct Wireless Wise - A Celebration of BBC Radio 4
Tue 22 - Sat 26 Oct Murder, Margaret & Me
Mon 28 Oct - Sat 2 Nov Avenue Q
Mon 4 - Sat 9 Nov The Girl on The Train



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Map reference: OA 612846  Lat: 50.76338 Long: 0.28511

Located just yards from the seafront Wish Tower area and 10 minutes walk from the railway station. Follow theatre signs. The theatre has a pay and display car park in College Road (free of charge in evenings). There's also a limited amount of free on street parking.

Parking: free

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Eastbourne station


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (with charge)Credit cards accepted (with charge)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups