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About the Show
Nicholas Hytner directs a double bill of monologues from Alan Bennett's Talking Heads series.
BAFTA Award winner, Monica Dolan (All About Eve) plays Lorna, a widower who returns to the spot where her husband died following a motorbike accident.
Bed Among the Lentils
Lesley Manville (Phantom Thread, Ghosts) plays Susan, a middle-aged woman whose life centres around her husband, her church and fellow church-goers.
Kristin Scott Thomas gave a tightly wound, beautifully nuanced performance as Celia... Rochenda Sandall... was riveting as a woman denying her suspicions about her husband’s nocturnal walks...'
Manville registers minute shifts of mood...in a way that carries across the theatre, and reminds you of the art form’s transcendent power...Monica Dolan proves a dab hand at realising her drab Northern character...'
Bennett remains bafflingly popular. How formulaic his riffs feel... Bennett has a veneer of sympathy yet there is something cruelly caricatured about his characters. ... The acting is subtly brilliant...'
Monica Dolan and Lesley Manville are peerless in this Alan Bennett double bill...Dolan brings subtly heartbreaking nuances to a script in which any hint of Bennett’s occasional laughs at his characters' expense seems absent.'