London's National Theatre's production of Alan Bennett's highly acclaimed new play, The Habit of Art will be filmed live and broadcast via satellite onto the Players' 10' X 16' screen and shown in high definition. Directed by Nicholas Hytner, The Habit of Art reflects on creativity and inspiration, on growing old, and on persisting when all passion's spent: ultimately, on the habit of art. It looks at the unsettling desires of two difficult men - composer Benjamin Britten and poet W. H. Auden - and at the ethics of biography. Britten, sailing uncomfortably close to the wind with his new opera, Death in Venice, seeks advice from his former collaborator and friend, Auden. During this imagined meeting, their first for twenty-five years, they are observed and interrupted by, amongst others, their future biographer.
Please note: The Habit of Art contains strong language and sexual references.