Alan Bennett (born 9 May 1934) is an English actor, author, playwright and screenwriter. He was born in Leeds and attended Oxford University, where he studied history and performed with the Oxford Revue. He stayed to teach and research medieval history at the university for several years. His collaboration as writer and performer with Dudley Moore, Jonathan Miller and Peter Cook in the satirical revue at the 1960 Beyond the Fringe Edinburgh Festival brought him instant fame. He gave up academia, and turned to writing full-time, his first stage play, , being produced in 1968.
Forty Years On
His work includes
and The Madness of George III its film adaptation, the series of monologues , Talking Heads the play and subsequent film of The History Boys, and audio books, including his readings of and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland .
Bennett was born in
Armley in Leeds. The younger son of a  Co-op butcher, Walter, and his wife Lilian Mary (née Peel), Bennett attended Christ Church, Upper Armley, Church of England School (in the same class as Barbara Taylor Bradford), and then Leeds Modern School (now Lawnswood School).
Russian at the Joint Services School for Linguists during his national service before applying for a scholarship at Oxford University. He was accepted by Exeter College, Oxford, from which he graduated with a first-class degree in history. While at Oxford he performed comedy with a number of eventually successful actors in the Oxford Revue. He remained at the university for several years, where he served as a junior lecturer of Medieval History at Magdalen College, before deciding, in 1960, that he was not suited to being an academic.
Bennett (second left) in
Beyond the Fringe
In August 1960, Bennett - along with
Dudley Moore, Jonathan Miller and Peter Cook - gained fame after an appearance at the Edinburgh Festival in the satirical revue , with the show continuing in London and New York. He also appeared in Beyond the Fringe . His television comedy sketch series My Father Knew Lloyd George (1966) was erased; the On the Margin BBC re-used expensive videotape rather than keep it in the archives. However, in 2014 it was announced that audio copies of the entire series had been found.
Bennett's first stage play
directed by Forty Years On, Patrick Garland, was produced in 1968. Many television, stage and radio plays followed, with screenplays, short stories, novellas, a large body of non-fictional prose, and broadcasting and many appearances as an actor.
Despite a long history with both the
National Theatre and the BBC, Bennett never writes on commission, saying "I don't work on commission, I just do it on spec. If people don't want it then it's too bad."
His many works for television include his first play for the medium,
A Day Out in 1972, A Little Outing in 1977, Intensive Care in 1982, An Englishman Abroad in 1983, and in 1991. But perhaps his most famous screen work is the 1988 A Question of Attribution series of monologues for television which were later performed at the Talking Heads Comedy Theatre in London in 1992. A second set of six Talking Heads followed a decade later.
In his 2005 prose collection
Untold Stories, Bennett wrote of the mental illness that his mother and other family members suffered.
based on his experiences with an eccentric woman called The Lady in the Van Miss Shepherd, who lived on Bennett's driveway in a series of dilapidated vans for more than fifteen years. It was first published in 1989 as an essay in the . In 1990 he published it in book form. In 1999 he adapted it into a stage play, which starred London Review of Books Maggie Smith and was directed by Nicholas Hytner. The stage play includes two characters named Alan Bennett. On 21 February 2009 it was broadcast as a radio play on BBC Radio 4, with Maggie Smith reprising her role and Alan Bennett playing himself. He adapted the story again for a 2015 film, with Maggie Smith reprising her role again, and Nicholas Hytner directing again. In the film Alex Jennings plays the two versions of Bennett, although Alan Bennett appears in a cameo at the very end of the film.
Bennett adapted his 1991 play
for the cinema. Entitled The Madness of George III (1994), the film received four The Madness of King George Academy Award nominations: for Bennett's writing and the performances of Nigel Hawthorne and Helen Mirren. It won the award for best art direction.
Bennett's critically acclaimed
won three The History Boys Laurence Olivier Awards in 2005, for Best New Play, Best Actor ( Richard Griffiths), and Best Direction ( Nicholas Hytner), having previously won Critics' Circle Theatre Awards and Evening Standard Awards for Best Actor and Best Play. Bennett also received the Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Theatre.  The History Boys won six Tony Awards on Broadway, including best play, best performance by a leading actor in a play (Richard Griffiths), best performance by a featured actress in a play ( Frances de la Tour) and best direction of a play (Nicholas Hytner). A film version of was released in the UK in October 2006.
The History Boys
Bennett wrote the play
in 1980. It barely scraped a run of seven weeks at the Enjoy Vaudeville Theatre, in spite of the stellar cast of Joan Plowright, Colin Blakely, Susan Littler, Philip Sayer, Liz Smith (who replaced Joan Hickson during rehearsals) and, in his first West End role, Marc Sinden. It was directed by Ronald Eyre. A new production of  Enjoy attracted very favourable notices during its 2008 UK tour and moved to the West End of London in January 2009.  The West End show took over £1 million in advance ticket sales  and even extended the run to cope with demand.  The production starred  Alison Steadman, David Troughton, Richard Glaves, Carol Macready and Josie Walker.
National Theatre in late 2009 Nicholas Hytner directed Bennett's play , about the relationship between the poet The Habit of Art W. H. Auden and the composer Benjamin Britten.
opened at the National Theatre in October 2012. People In December that year,  , an autobiographical play by Bennett, premièred at the National Theatre as part of a double bill with the monologue Cocktail Sticks Hymn. The production was directed by Bennett's long-term collaborator Nicholas Hytner. It was well-received, and transferred to the  Duchess Theatre in the West End of London, being subsequently adapted for radio broadcast by BBC Radio 4.
In July 2018,
Allelujah!, a comic drama by Bennett about an NHS hospital threatened with closure, opened at London's Bridge Theatre to critical acclaim.
Bennett lived for 40 years on
Gloucester Crescent in Camden Town in London but now lives a few minutes' walk away at Primrose Hill with his partner Rupert Thomas, the editor of magazine. The World of Interiors Bennett also had a long-term relationship with his former housekeeper, Anne Davies, until her death in 2009. 
Bennett is an
agnostic. He was raised  Anglican and gradually "left it [the Church] over the years".
In 1988, Bennett declined the award of
Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) and in 1996 declined a knighthood.
In September 2005, Bennett revealed that, in 1997, he had undergone treatment for
colorectal cancer, and described the illness as a "bore". His chances of survival were given as being "much less" than 50% and surgeons had told him they removed a "rock-bun" sized tumour. He began  Untold Stories (published 2005) thinking it would be published posthumously, but his cancer went into remission.
In the autobiographical sketches which form a large part of the book Bennett wrote openly for the first time about his bisexuality. Previously Bennett had referred to questions about his sexuality as like asking a man who has just crawled across the
Sahara desert to choose between Perrier or Malvern mineral water.
In October 2008, Bennett announced that he was donating his entire archive of working papers, unpublished manuscripts, diaries and books to the
Bodleian Library, stating that it was a gesture of thanks repaying a debt he felt he owed to the British welfare state that had given him educational opportunities which his humble family background would otherwise never have afforded.
In September 2015, Bennett endorsed
Jeremy Corbyn's campaign in the Labour Party leadership election. He said: "I think Jeremy Corbyn has given things a good kick in the pants and the fact that he has done so well shows that people are concerned about these issues. The Government would have you think that nobody is concerned about these things, but they are." In the October after Corbyn's election victory he said: "I approve of him. If only because it brings Labour back to what they ought to be thinking about." 
Following the death of Jonathan Miller in 2019, he became the only surviving member of the original
Beyond the Fringe quartet which had also included Peter Cook and Dudley Moore.
(actor), 1964 A Trip to the Moon
(actor; 3 episodes), 1964-65 The Saint
Sunday Night (actor; 1 episode), 1965
(actor and co-writer), 1965 My Father Knew Lloyd George
Famous Gossips (actor; 1 episode), 1965
Plato--The Drinking Party, 1965
(actor), 1966 Alice in Wonderland
(actor & writer), 1966-67 On the Margin
(actor; 1 episode), 1970 Not Only... But Also
(actor), 1971 Hamlet 
A Day Out (writer and bit role), 1972
Sunset Across the Bay (writer), 1975
A Little Outing (actor and writer), 1975
(writer and narrator), 1978 A Visit from Miss Prothero
(narrator and writer), 1978 Me! I'm Afraid of Virginia Woolf
(writer), 1978 Doris and Doreen (Green Forms)
The Old Crowd (writer) with Lindsay Anderson (director), LWT 1979
(actor & writer), 1979 Afternoon Off
One Fine Day (writer), 1979
(writer), 1979 All Day on the Sands
Objects of Affection (writer), 1982
(actor), 1982 The Merry Wives of Windsor
Intensive Care (actor and writer), 1982
(writer), 1983 An Englishman Abroad
The Insurance Man (writer), 1986
Breaking Up (actor), 1986
Man and Music (narrator), 1986
(actor (one episode) and writer), 1988 Talking Heads
(voice), 1995-1996 The Wind in the Willows, The Willows in Winter
(voice), 1995 The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends
(voices and narrator), 1995 The Story Store
Down Cemetery Road: The Landscape of Philip Larkin (presenter), 1987
series (actor), 1987 Fortunes of War
Dinner at Noon (narrator), 1988
Poetry in Motion (presenter), 1990
(writer), 1990 102 Boulevard Haussmann
(writer), 1991 A Question of Attribution
Selling Hitler, 1991
(actor), 1991 Ashenden
(actor and co-writer), 1991 Julie Walters and Friends
Poetry in Motion 2 (presenter), 1992
A Night In (presenter), 1992
The Long Summer (narrator), 1993
Portrait or Bust (presenter), 1994
(presenter), 1995 The Abbey
(actor), 1997 A Dance to the Music of Time
, 1998 Talking Heads 2
Did I Say Hairdressing? I Meant Astrophysics (narrator),1998 
Telling Tales (writer and presenter), 2000
Christmas Under Fire (documentary, as narrator), 2002
(narrator), 2003 The Young Visiters
(voice), 2003-04 Meg and Mog
The South Bank Show (documentary, as himself), 2005
Being Alan Bennett (BBC documentary), 2009
Mark Lawson Talks To Alan Bennett (BBC, extended interview), 2009
Bennett on Bennett (5 10-minute monologues, as himself), 2009
Storyville Survivors: My Friend Sam - Living For the Moment (documentary, as himself), 2012
( Family Guy Brian's Play, as himself), 2013
The Native Hue of Resolution (documentary, as himself; also contributing writer), 2013
(voice), 2013 Mouse and Mole
Alan Bennett at 80: Bennett Meets Hytner (documentary, as himself), 2014
Stop All the Clocks: WH Auden in an Age of Anxiety (documentary, as himself) Talking Heads (Remake), 2020
Better Late, 1959
(also co-writer), 1960 Beyond the Fringe
, 1962 The Blood of the Bambergs
A Cuckoo in the Nest, 1964
(also writer), 1968 Forty Years On
Sing a Rude Song (co-writer), 1969
(writer), 1971 Getting On
(also writer), 1973 Habeas Corpus
The Old Country (writer), 1977
Enjoy (writer), 1980
(writer), 1986 Kafka's Dick
A Visit from Miss Prothero (writer), 1987
Single Spies (An Englishman Abroad and A Question of Attribution) (also writer and director), 1989
The Wind in the Willows (adaptation), 1990
(writer), 1991 The Madness of George III
(also writer), 1992 Talking Heads (Waiting for the telegram, A Chip in the Sugar, Bed Among the Lentils, A Lady of Letters, Her Big Chance, Soldiering On, A Cream Cracker Under the Settee)
(writer), 1999 The Lady in the Van
(writer), 2004 The History Boys
(writer), 2009 The Habit of Art
(writer), 2012 People
Hymn (writer), 2012
(writer), 2012 Cocktail Sticks (writer), 2018 Allelujah!
(actor; uncredited), 1970 Every Home Should Have One 
, 1980 Long Shot
(voice of the Mock Turtle), 1985 Dreamchild
, 1986 The Secret Policeman's Ball
, 1982 The Secret Policeman's Other Ball
(screenplay), 1984 A Private Function
, 1976 Pleasure at Her Majesty's
(screenplay), 1987 Prick Up Your Ears
, 1987 Little Dorrit
(voice of Mole), 1995 The Wind in the Willows
(writer), 1995 Parson's Pleasure
(screenplay from his play The Madness of King George The Madness of George III and cameo appearance), 1995
(voice of Mole), 1996 The Willows in Winter
(actor) In Love and War
The Importance of Being Morrissey (cinematic documentary, as himself), 2002
(screenplay, from his play of the same name), 2006 The History Boys
(actor and writer), 2013 National Theatre: Fifty Years on Stage
(screenplay, from his play of the same name; cameo), 2015 The Lady in the Van Alan Bennett's Diaries (cinematic documentary, as himself; also writer), 2016
The Great Jowett, 1980
Uncle Clarence (writer, narrator), 1985
Better Halves (narrator), 1988
(narrator), 1990 Winnie-the-Pooh
Forty Years On (writer), 2000 
The Lady in the Van (writer, narrator), 2009 Denmark Hill, 2014 (from unproduced 1982 screenplay) 
Beyond the Fringe (with Peter Cook, Jonathan Miller, and Dudley Moore). London: Souvenir Press, 1962, and New York: Random House, 1963
Forty Years On, London: Faber, 1969
Getting On, London: Faber, 1972
Habeas Corpus, London: Faber, 1973
The Old Country, London: Faber, 1978
Enjoy, London: Faber, 1980
Office Suite, London: Faber, 1981
Objects of Affection, London: BBC Publications, 1982
A Private Function, London: Faber, 1984
Forty Years On; Getting On; Habeas Corpus, London: Faber, 1985
The Writer in Disguise, London: Faber, 1985
Prick Up Your Ears: The Film Screenplay, London: Faber, 1987
Two Kafka Plays, London: Faber, 1987
Talking Heads, London: BBC Publications, 1988; New York: Summit, 1990
Single Spies, London: Faber, 1989
The Lady in the Van (essay in the London Review of Books), 1989
The Lady in the Van (book), 1990
Single Spies and Talking Heads, New York: Summit, 1990
Poetry in Motion, (with others). 1990
The Wind in the Willows, London: Faber, 1991
Forty Years on and Other Plays, London: Faber, 1991
The Madness of George III, London: Faber, 1992
Poetry in Motion 2 (with others) 1992
(memoir & essays) London: Faber, 1994 Writing Home
The Madness of King George (screenplay), 1995
Father! Father! Burning Bright (prose version of 1982 TV script, Intensive Care), 1999
The Laying on of Hands (stories), 2000
The Clothes They Stood Up In (novella), 2001
Untold Stories (memoir & essays), London, 2005, ISBN 0-571-22830-5
(novella), London, 2007 The Uncommon Reader
A Life Like Other People's (memoir), London, 2009
Smut: Two Unseemly Stories (stories), London, 2011
Six Poets: Hardy to Larkin: An Anthology, London: Faber, 2015
Keeping on Keeping On (memoir & essays), London, 2016  The Shielding of Mrs Forbes, London: Faber, 2019 (part of Faber Stories series)
Alan Bennett at the BBC (compilation)
The Lady in the Van
Alan and Thora
Smut: Two Unseemly Stories: The Greening of Mrs Donaldson & The Shielding of Mrs Forbes
Written on the Body
A Common Assault
Beyond the Fringe
Alan Bennett's on the Margin
Forty Years On (1973 version)
Forty Years On (2003 version)
An Englishman Abroad (1983 version)
An Englishman Abroad (2006 version)
A Question of Attribution
The Madness of King George III
The History Boys
The Lady in the Van (play)
A Woman of No Importance
The Clothes They Stood Up In
The Laying on of Hands
Father! Father! Burning Bright
Say Something Happened
A Visit From Miss Protheroe
Two in Torquay
The Uncommon Reader
Dear Philip, Dear Kingsley (with Robert Hardy)
Poetry in Motion
Winnie the Pooh (narrator)
The House at Pooh Corner (narrator)
A Party for Pooh (narrator)
The Wind in the Willows (narrator)
Peter Pan and Wendy (narrator)
The Story of Doctor Dolittle (narrator)
The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle (narrator)
Doctor Dolittle's Garden (narrator)
The Owl and the Pussycat (narrator)
The Little Prince (narrator)
Animal Farm (narrator) and Alice in Wonderland Through The Looking-Glass (narrator)
Awards and honours
Tony Award, Special Award: Beyond the Fringe (shared with Peter Cook, Jonathan Miller and Dudley Moore) 1963
New York Drama Critics' Circle Award, Special Award: Beyond the Fringe (shared with Peter Cook, Jonathan Miller and Dudley Moore) 1968
Evening Standard Award, Special Award: Forty Years On 1985
Evening Standard British Film Award, Best Screenplay: A Private Function (shared with Malcolm Mowbray) 1987
Critics' Circle Film Award, Screenwriter of the Year: Prick Up Your Ears 1987
Evening Standard British Film Award, Best Screenplay: Prick Up Your Ears 1989
Hawthornden Prize: Talking Heads 1990
Laurence Olivier Award, Best New Comedy: Single Spies 1992
British Academy Television Award, Best Single Drama: A Question of Attribution 1992
Laurence Olivier Award, Best Entertainment: Talking Heads 1992
Laurence Olivier Award, Best Actor in a Musical: Talking Heads 1995
Critics' Circle Film Award, Screenwriter of the Year: The Madness of King George 1995
Evening Standard British Film Award, Best Screenplay: The Madness of King George 1995
British Book Award, Book of the Year: Writing Home 1996
British Academy Film Award, Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film: The Madness of King George 2000
British Comedy Award, Lifetime Achievement Award 2002
British Book Award, Audiobook of the Year: The Laying on of Hands 2003
New York Drama Critics' Circle Award, Best Foreign Play: Talking Heads 2003
British Book Award, Lifetime Achievement Award 2004
Critics' Circle Theatre Award, Best New Play: The History Boys 2004
Evening Standard Award, Best Play: The History Boys 2005
Laurence Olivier Award, Best New Play: The History Boys 2005
Laurence Olivier Award, Society of London Theatre Special Award 2005
Critics' Circle Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts 2006
Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Play: The History Boys 2006
New York Drama Critics' Circle Award, Best Play: The History Boys 2006
Outer Critics Circle Award, Outstanding Broadway Play: The History Boys 2006
Tony Award, Best Play: The History Boys 2006
J. R. Ackerley Prize for Autobiography: Untold Stories 2006
British Book Award, Author of the Year 2008 Bodley Medal
British Academy Film Award, Best Original Screenplay: A Private Function 1987
British Academy Film Award, Best Adapted Screenplay: Prick Up Your Ears 1989
British Academy Television Award, Best Actor: A Chip in the Sugar 1989
British Academy Television Award, Best Drama Series: A Cream Cracker under the Settee (shared with Innes Lloyd) 1989
British Academy Television Award, Best Single Drama: A Bed Among the Lentils (shared with Innes Lloyd) 1989
British Academy Television Award, Best Single Drama: A Lady of Letters (shared with Innes Lloyd and Giles Foster) 1994
Academy Award, Best Adapted Screenplay: The Madness of King George 1995
British Academy Film Award, Best Adapted Screenplay: The Madness of King George 1999
British Academy Television Award, Best Single Drama: Waiting for the Telegram (shared with Mark Shivas and Stuart Burge) 1999
British Academy Television Award, Best Single Drama: Playing Sandwiches (shared with Mark Shivas and Udayan Prasad) 2003
Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Play: Talking Heads 2003
Outer Critics Circle Award, Outstanding Off-Broadway Play: Talking Heads 2006
Samuel Johnson Prize: Untold Stories 2007
GLAAD Media Award, Outstanding Film - Limited Release: The History Boys 2008 Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize: The Uncommon Reader
Bennett was made an Honorary Fellow of
Exeter College, Oxford, in 1987. He was also awarded a D.Litt by the University of Leeds in 1990 and an  honorary doctorate from Kingston University in 1996. 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. He also declined a  CBE in 1988 and a knighthood in 1996. He has stated that, although he is not a republican, he would never wish to be knighted, saying it would be a bit like having to wear a suit for the rest of his life. 
In December 2011 Bennett returned to
Lawnswood School, nearly 60 years after he left, to unveil the renamed Alan Bennett Library. He said he "loosely" based  The History Boys on his experiences at the school and his admission to Oxford. Lawnswood School dedicated its library to the writer after he emerged as a vocal campaigner against public library cuts. Plans to shut local libraries were "wrong and very short-sighted", Bennett said, adding: "We're impoverishing young people."
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