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#1 armadillo

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Posted 20 January 2012 - 11:55 AM

http://www.whatsonst...in October.html

Will it be a defence of paedophilia just like the last two?  :o

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Posted 20 January 2012 - 12:05 PM

Why change a successful formula ...

This will be popular; people will want to see it so it won’t be part of the affordable Travelex Season  :angry:

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Posted 20 January 2012 - 12:26 PM

Perhaps it's Bennett's response to the hacking scandal, set in the offices of a Sunday tabloid? Russell Tovey returns to the National to play an ambitious showbiz journalist,  and he is soon corrupted by the morally bankrupt regime of the paper's editor (Simon Russell Beale, with Black Country accent). Tovey is compelled to snoop on the private life of a national treasure from the arts (Richard Griffiths), who is suspected of being 'up to no good' with young proteges. The play builds to a highly charged encounter between hunter and hunted...

#4 Marius Pontmercy

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Posted 20 January 2012 - 02:22 PM

View Postarmadillo, on 20 January 2012 - 11:55 AM, said:

Will it be a defence of paedophilia just like the last two?  :o

I do hope so - the panicked moral outrage around these parts caused by the very tame Habit of Art was most enjoyable. ;)

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Posted 20 January 2012 - 02:30 PM

View Postarmadillo, on 20 January 2012 - 11:55 AM, said:

Will it be a defence of paedophilia just like the last two?  :o

One day you people are going to learn the difference between paedophilia and ephebophilia.
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#6 armadillo

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Posted 20 January 2012 - 04:26 PM

View PostWeez, on 20 January 2012 - 02:30 PM, said:

One day you people are going to learn the difference between paedophilia and ephebophilia.

I suppose you might have got away with that in 1985 if the judge had been to the right sort of school.

No particular outrage here but his obsession did become a little tiresome. And the heroic teacher's activities were definitely illegal in the 1980s (even in Bennett's rather peculiar 1950s version of the 1980s)

#7 Marius Pontmercy

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Posted 20 January 2012 - 05:57 PM

I don't think Hector was depicted as heroic at all, he came across as a pretty sad and pathetic character (though a good teacher in some ways). As did Britten in The Habit of Art, for that matter. Regardless of the exact choice of words, I've never really understood that particular criticism of either play.

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Posted 21 January 2012 - 06:56 PM

http://news.bbc.co.u...ine/4719364.stm

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 10:07 PM

Details have emerged about what this play is actually about in an article by Alan Bennett in the London Review of Books.

http://www.guardian....onal-trust-play

It's an attack on
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#10 Lynette

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 12:39 PM

Well we could happily assume it would be an attack on something! Seeing this beginning of December.




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