Jonathan Miller
Nicholas Hytner
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Stephen Frears
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Richard Griffiths
(Movies & TV)
George Fenton
Lindsay Anderson
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Peter Butterworth
(Movies & TV)

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Alan Bennett

Knowledge Identifier: +Alan_Bennett


Alan Bennett

British playwright, screenwriter, actor and author add

Category: Literature

Born in 1934.

Countries: United Kingdom (78%), United States (5%), New Zealand (5%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Jonathan Miller, Nicholas Hytner, Stephen Frears

Linked to: Exeter College, Oxford, Lawnswood School, Joint Services School for Linguists, Leeds Modern School




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Alan Bennett was born in 1934 add something


Jonathan Miller - Trained as a doctor in the late 1950s, he first came to prominence in the early 1960s with his role in the comedy revue "Beyond the Fringe" with fellow writers and performers Peter Cook, Dudley Moore and Alan Bennett


T. J. Binyon - There, in 1954, the young soldiers, among them Alan Bennett, Michael Frayn and Dennis Potter, were trained to serve as translators and interpreters in the Cold War


His collaboration as writer and performer with Dudley Moore, Jonathan Miller and Peter Cook in the satirical revue "Beyond the Fringe" at the 1960 Edinburgh Festival brought him instant fame add something


Edinburgh Festival - In August 1960 Bennett, along with Dudley Moore, Jonathan Miller and Peter Cook, achieved instant fame by appearing at the Edinburgh Festival in the satirical revue "Beyond the Fringe" add something


Madge Hindle - Madge's big break came when her good friend, British playwright Alan Bennett, asked her to appear in his 1966 BBC comedy series "On the Margin"


Bennett's first stage play "Forty Years On" directed by Patrick Garland was produced in 1968 add something


He gave up academia, and turned to writing full-time, his first stage play "Forty Years On" being produced in 1968 add something


Anthony Andrews - First World War - He auditioned in 1968 for a production of Alan Bennett's new play, "Forty Years On", which featured John Gielgud as the headmaster of a British public school during the First World War period


This can be seen in his television plays for LWT in the late 1970s and the BBC in the early 1980s and in the 1987 "Talking Heads" series of monologues for television which were later performed at the Comedy Theatre in London in 1992 add something


George Fenton - He had some minor success appearing in the film "Private Road", the soap opera "Emmerdale Farm" and in Alan Bennett's first television play "A Day Out" directed by Stephen Frears and broadcast in 1972


George Fenton - He composed the music for all six of the Six Plays by Alan Bennett which were broadcast during 1978 and 1979


Monica Maughan - She worked for every major theatre company in Australia, including Chekhov's "The Cherry Orchard" and Alan Bennett's "Habeas Corpus" for the Queensland Theatre Company in 1978, and the role of Aggie in "A Hard God" produced by the State Theatre Company of South Australia and Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Sydney Theatre Company, both in 1981


Peter Butterworth - When the Carry on films finished in 1978, Butterworth began to concentrate on straight roles, taking a small part in the feature film "The First Great Train Robbery" with Sean Connery, and the Alan Bennett play "Afternoon Off" both from 1978


Dave Allen (comedian) - In 1979 he played a troubled property man suffering a mid-life crisis in Alan Bennett's television play "One Fine Day"


Rachel Roberts (actress) - In 1979, Roberts co-starred with Jill Bennett in the London Weekend Television production of Alan Bennett's "The Old Crowd", directed by Lindsay Anderson and Stephen Frears


Sherrie Hewson - She had a brief role in the 1979 Alan Bennett drama "Afternoon Off" as Iris, the ultimately unworthy object of the protagonist Lee's quest


Bennett wrote the play "Enjoy" in 1980 add something


Bennett was made an Honorary Fellow of Exeter College, Oxford in 1987 add something


John Lahr - In 1987 he co-produced a film version of "Prick Up Your Ears" directed by Stephen Frears and written by Alan Bennett in which Lahr appeared as a character played by Wallace Shawn


Dalesman - When Mitchell retired in 1988, he was the subject of a Yorkshire Television documentary narrated by playwright Alan Bennett, who concluded the programme by saying: "The Dalesman has proved to be something of a river; it just goes flowing on - and like a river it is, I hope, unstoppable


He was awarded a D.Litt by the University of Leeds in 1990 and an honorary doctorate from Kingston University in 1996 add something


Bennett adapted his 1991 play "The Madness of George III" for the cinema add something


Harold Innocent - In 1991 he appeared in Alan Bennett's "The Madness of George III", again at the National Theatre


Julie Walters - In 1991, Walters starred opposite Liza Minnelli in "Stepping Out" and had a one-off television special, "Julie Walters and Friends", which featured writing contributions from Victoria Wood and Alan Bennett


Robin Warwick Gibson - This occasionally led him into controversy, such as when the gallery's board of trustees rejected a portrait of Alan Bennett by Tom Wood in 1992 to the embarrassment of all concerned


Clive Merrison - Merrison played the onscreen father of Kate Winslet in the 1994 movie "Heavenly Creatures", directed by Peter Jackson and he played the traditionalist headmaster in Alan Bennett's "The History Boys", filmed in 2006


In 1998 he refused an honorary doctorate from Oxford University, in protest at its acceptance of funding for a chair from press baron Rupert Murdoch add something


Mark Shivas - Some of his most noted later productions included the second series of Alan Bennett's "Talking Heads" monologues in 1998 and the 2003 espionage drama "Cambridge Spies"


John Schlesinger - In his Diaries – 2003, Alan Bennett describes Schlesinger as "wonderfully funny, particularly about his sex life" and that, despite being "short, solid and fat", Schlesinger was "surprisingly successful in finding partners".


Thelma Barlow - Since her departure from "Coronation Street" Barlow has made stage appearances, with roles such as Madame Arcati in "Blithe Spirit", Mam in Alan Bennett's "Enjoy" and as Abby Brewster in "Arsenic and Old Lace" in 2003 on the West End stage


James Corden - Beginning in 2004, Corden played the role of Timms in the original London stage production of Alan Bennett's play "The History Boys", as well as in the Broadway, Sydney, Wellington and Hong Kong productions and radio and 2006 film adaptation versions of the play


Russell Tovey - In 2004 he took the role of Rudge in Alan Bennett's play "The History Boys" at the Royal National Theatre as well as touring to Broadway, Sydney, Wellington and Hong Kong and playing the role in the radio and film adaptation


Richard Griffiths - In 2004, he originated the role of Hector in Alan Bennett's play "The History Boys", directed by Nicholas Hytner, winning the 2005 Laurence Olivier *award for Best Actor


Andrew Knott - In 2004, he returned to theatre to act in Alan Bennett's "The History Boys"


Bennett's critically acclaimed "The History Boys" won three Laurence Olivier awards in 2005, for Best New Play, Best Actor , and Best Direction , having previously won Critics' Circle Theatre awards and Evening Standard awards for Best Actor and Best Play add something


In his 2005 prose collection "Untold Stories" Bennett has written candidly and movingly of the mental illness that afflicted his mother and other family members add something


In September 2005, Bennett revealed that, in 1997, he had undergone treatment for cancer, and described the illness as a "bore" add something


A film version of "The History Boys" was released in the UK in October 2006 add something


Manchester Grammar School - The Drama Centre Campaign is chaired by Sir Nicholas Hytner who brought Alan Bennett and the actors from The History Boys to launch the campaign in 2006


Bennett earned Honorary Membership of The Coterie in the 2007 membership list add something


Jack Ryder (actor) - In Spring 2008 he was in Christopher Luscombe's production of Alan Bennett's play "Single Spies" playing opposite Nigel Havers


At the National Theatre in late 2009 Nicholas Hytner directed Bennett's play "The Habit of Art", about the relationship between the poet W.H. Auden and the composer Benjamin Britten add something


Bennett had a long-term relationship with his former housekeeper, Anne Davies, until her death in 2009 add something


A radio play of the same title was broadcast on 21 February 2009 on BBC Radio 4, with actress Maggie Smith reprising her role of Miss Shepherd and Alan Bennett playing himself add something


In 2010, Bennett described how he was mugged by two women who surreptitiously squirted him with ice cream in Marks & Spencer, Camden Town add something


Simon Ward - In 2010, Ward appeared in the title role in the British tour of Alan Bennett's play "The Madness of George III"


In December 2011 Bennett returned to Lawnswood School, nearly 60 years after he left, to unveil the renamed Alan Bennett Library add something


Bennett's next play "People" will open at the National Theatre in October 2012 add something


Peter Egan - In 2012 he played a minor role in the Christmas special episode of ITV's "Downton Abbey", and played in Alan Bennett's "People", at the "National Theatre'


Janet Ellis - In January 2012 Ellis returned to her first love of acting by staging and starring in a production of Alan Bennett's comedy play "Green Forms" at the Tabard Theatre in Chiswick in order to raise money for Maggie's Centres


Jesse Peach - He produced and directed The History Boys by Alan Bennett at the Sydney Opera House in February/March 2013 starring John Wood, Heather Mitchell, Paul Goddard and James Mackay


Richard Griffiths - His funeral took place at Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire on 9 April 2013, with over four hundred mourners, including Daniel Radcliffe, Alan Bennett, Michael_Palin, Richard E. Grant, Jack Whitehall and Judi Dench


However, in 2014 it was announced that copies of the entire series had been found add something


Reece Dinsdale - He followed this up in 2014 with rave reviews playing Alan Bennett in Bennett's very own autobiographical play 'Untold Stories' at The West Yorkshire Playhouse


In 2015 a film version was released to critical acclaim add something


In September 2015, Bennett endorsed Jeremy Corbyn's campaign in the Labour Party leadership election add something


Belinda Lang - Lang appeared with Nicholas Farrell and David Robb in Alan Bennett's "Single Spies" play during 2016