Bennett’s People sure to interest Borders audience

Frances de la Tour stars in People which is screened at Heart of Hawick on Monday
Frances de la Tour stars in People which is screened at Heart of Hawick on Monday

Heart of Hawick and the Pavilion Cinema in Galashiels welcome another screening of the National Theatre Live with award-winning writer Alan Bennett’s latest work.

People reunites one of Yorkshire’s most famous sons with director Nicholas Hytner and Olivier Award-winner Frances de la Tour, with whom Bennett worked on The History Boys and The Habit of Art.

A spokeswoman for NT Live said: “People spoil things; there are so many of them and the last thing one wants is them traipsing through one’s house. But with the park a jungle and a bath on the billiard table, what is one to do? Dorothy (Frances de la Tour) wonders if an attic sale could be a solution.”

People is the sixth play by Bennett, one of Britain’s most celebrated playwrights, to have its premiere at the National Theatre. The play has plenty to live up to, with The History Boys transferring to Broadway, winning the Tony Award for Best Play in 2006.

It then toured internationally before being turned into a film, again directed by Nicholas Hytner and with a cast including Frances de la Tour.

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. National Theatre Live launched in June 2009 with a screening of Phèdre with Helen Mirren.

The London-based theatre has since broadcast more than 20 other productions to 500 venues worldwide.

It is estimated the past shows – which have included Danny Boyle’s Frankenstein with Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller, One Man, Two Guvnors with James Corden and The Last of the Haussmans with Julie Walters – have been seen by more than 1.5 million people.

People will be screened at the Pavilion tonight (Thursday) and on Monday at the Heart of Hawick.

It starts at 7pm on both nights, with tickets priced at £16 (£14 concessions) for the Pavilion, and £12 (£10) for Heart of Hawick.