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People Paperback – 1 Nov 2012

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Product details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber (1 Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571296890
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571296897
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 0.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Book Description

Alan Bennett's new play People will be in the Lyttelton at the National Theatre from October 2012.

About the Author

Alan Bennett has been one of our leading dramatists since the success of Beyond the Fringe in the 1960s. His television series Talking Heads has become a modern-day classic, as have many of his works for stage including Forty Years On,The Lady in the Van, A Question of Attribution, The Madness of George III, and an adaptation of Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows. At the National Theatre, London, The History Boys won numerous awards, followed by major success in its run on Broadway. The Habit of Art opened at the National in 2009 and People in 2012. His collection of prose Untold Stories won the PEN/Ackerley Prize for autobiography, 2006. Recent works of fiction are The Uncommon Reader and Smut: Two Unseemly Stories.

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Format: Hardcover
First staged in October 2012 at the National Theatre in London, PEOPLE, was inspired by Alan Bennett’s distaste for the National Trust and voyeurism of other people’s lives coupled with the commoditisation of privacy. He writes a fascinating introduction to this play, describing some of the thought processes behind its creation and linking it back to themes in other works that he’s produced. The play itself is a thin affair. Lady Dorothy Stacpoole and her sister Iris live in their ancestral home – a large country house that’s seen better days. Their sister, June, is keen to transfer the house to the National Trust on condition that Dorothy and Iris continue to live there, but Dorothy is desperate to find another way … As you’d expect from a Bennett play, there are moments of high comedy and bittersweet emotion – especially the end, which I admit made me sniff a bit and where I can completely imagine Frances de la Tour’s customary magnificent performance. However, there really isn’t much here and while the moments of farce are well constructed, they can’t mask the fact the lack of underlying material. Ultimately, I did enjoy this but it’s more for Bennett completionists that those looking for something substantial.
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This was an enjoyable read and an interesting view of how we might deal with the past, let it go as opposed to preserve it. I saw the characters very much in the bodies of the actors listed: Frances dela Tour, Miles Jupp etc, which possibly increased my enjoyment and of course the Alan Bennett voice came through. I loved his suggested rather than instructed stage directions. The fact that I live in South Yorkshire and am familiar with such houses as the one in the play also helped to make this a thought provoking piece. I was a little disappointed with the porn scene, finding it predictable, but a director could probably deal with that. After all, this is a play.
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Bennett is inimtable. This is a master of words at his best, showing what a keen observer of human nature he is.
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Alan Bennett can do no wrong for me and here is another very clever play. It has you gripped and enthralled from start to finish. A must read.
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I would love to see this play in London with the wonderful Frances De la Tour, of course, it was made for her. I tend to empathise with Bennett's somewhat jaundiced view of the world as it is today, Then, I'm almost his age.

JohnP
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Maybe not the best book Bennett has ever written but entertaining nonetheless and this master of detail leads us through the character's lives with characteristic wit and insight. Now that it's been put on as a play at the National Theatre, I expect sales will soar and deservedly so. Alan Bennett is a national treasure.
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A great play. I saw it at the National but being deaf I missed quite a few lines and needed the text to check up on what I had missed.A bit hard on the National Trust but you see what he means. Very true of that part of the Yorkshire coalfield.
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It is worth reading through the play as Alan Bennet's skill at conveying 'character', 'setting' and 'circumstance' comes across loud and clear. It almost compensates for not getting tickets to see the real thing!
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