[img]http://hits.guardian.co.uk/b/ss/guardiangu-feeds/1/H.20.3/75146?ns=guardian&pageName=Alan+Bennett%27s+The+Habit+of+Art+lets+actorly+habits+relax+%7C+Arts+diary%3AArticle%3A1306387&ch=Culture&c3=Guardian&c4=Alan+Bennett+%28Playwright%29%2CTheatre%2CStage%2CCulture+section&c6=Charlotte+Higgins&c7=09-Nov-17&c8=1306387&c9=Article&c10=News&c11=Culture&c13=Arts+diary+%28series%29&c25=&c30=content&h2=GU%2FCulture%2FAlan+Bennett[/img]By the time you read this, I will have seen Alan Bennett's new play The Habit of Art, which opened at the National in London last night. The play has an intriguing framing device: the drama, about the relationship between Britten and Auden, is set in a rehearsal room, so it becomes a play within a play. Besides allowing for plenty of jokes (not least that the "author" gets to come on and complain about real cuts that director Nicholas Hytner advised to Bennett's text), the device also has a practical advantage: absent-minded actors playing actors (and we understand one particular name was grateful for this) can with impunity make the request for a line and get it from the prompt, since it all fits into the drama beautifully.
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