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The Habit of Art

Fairfield 15 Season Saver Theatre
The Habit of Art

Monday 04th May, 2020 - Saturday 09th May, 2020


Ashcroft Playhouse

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The critically acclaimed and celebrated production of the masterly Bennett comedy is coming to Fairfield Halls following a hugely successful UK tour.

Alan Bennett is one our greatest and most celebrated playwrights, with a cavalcade of stage and screen blockbusters including The History Boys, The Madness of King George and Talking Heads. He is applauded as a genius for his sharp character observations and treasured for the way he beautifully balances wit, wistfulness and compassion.

In The Habit of Art, Bennett gives us a play about a meeting between two of the 20th centuries most remarkable artists, the poet WH Auden and the composer Benjamin Britten.

Exploring friendship, rivalry and heartache this multi layered masterpiece examines the joy, pain and emotional cost of creativity.

This beautifully nuanced production is directed by Philip Franks and stars the Olivier Award winning Matthew Kelly (Of Mice and Men, Toast and Pride and Prejudice, David Yelland (Chariots of Fire and The Crown) and Veronica Roberts (Peak Practice and Tenko)



Monday - 04th May 7:45 PM Book Now
Tuesday - 05th May 7:45 PM Book Now
Wednesday - 06th May 2:30 PM Book Now
Wednesday - 06th May 7:45 PM Book Now
Thursday - 07th May 7:45 PM Book Now
Friday - 08th May 7:45 PM Book Now
Saturday - 09th May 2:30 PM Book Now
Saturday - 09th May 7:45 PM Book Now


“Witty, moving, laugh-aloud funny and understatedly profound.”

- The Observer

“At times hilarious, at others moving, but always deeply human. Thought-provoking and expertly played, this is not a production to be missed.”

- BroadwayWorld

“Ambitious, revealing and hugely entertaining.”

- The Times

Venue Info

Ashcroft Playhouse

With increased capacity of over 800 seats the Ashcroft Playhouse will present seasons of plays and musicals as well as being home to local community performances and events.  Seasons of live cinema broadcasts will also feature in the programme.


On Monday 16 September 2019, Dame Judi Dench formally re-dedicated the Ashcroft Playhouse at Croydon’s Fairfield Halls to her friend and Croydon-born fellow actress Dame Peggy Ashcroft. The award-winning actress unveiled the People’s Picture, a giant commemorative mosaic by artist Helen Marshall.


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Dame Judi Dench unveils Dame Peggy Ashcroft mural