Saturday, October 18, 2014

Alan Bennett in Forty Years On

The mention of Virginia Woolf in Six of the Best this evening put me irresistibly in mind of this scene from Alan Bennett's Forty Years On. (He is not playing the headmaster, as the blurb on Youtube suggests, but the schoolmaster Tempest.)

You can hear the whole play, with Bennett, John Gielgud and Paul Eddington, elsewhere on Youtube.

Its combination of high literary pastiche and low puns is very much to my taste.

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