People

Monday, April 1
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"Wonderfully funny... a grand evening. Dorothy is Frances de la Tour, in the best part Alan Bennett has written for her." — The Times (London)

"Outrageously funny and provocative." - The Independent (UK)

Award-winning writer Alan Bennett is reunited with director Nicholas Hytner and Olivier Award-winning actress Frances de la Tour, with whom he worked on The History Boys and The Habit of Art. Bennett is one of Britain's most celebrated playwrights, and the much-anticipated People is the sixth of his plays to have its premiere at the National Theatre.

The action is set in the decaying stately home of the impoverished aristocrat Dorothy Stacpoole (de la Tour), once a successful fashion model but now sporting a moth-eaten fur-coat. Her younger sister, a bossy archdeacon, wants to hand the place over to the National Trust for historic preservation, but Lady Stacpoole has other ideas...

Bennett and Hytner also collaborated on the award-winning play and film The Madness of King George and their last stage production, The Habit of Art, was broadcast as part of National Theatre Live in 2010.