Alan Bennett’s witty insights into funny little corners of modern life is highly entertaining in his new play, People, at Norwich Theatre Royal this week.
This time, he has turned his sharp observational humour on the National Trust with a heartwarming play about the elderly Lady Stacpole and her seemingly dotty companion trying to prevent the takeover of the decaying family pile by the charity. Her ideas to halt the sale include hiring the hall out as a location for porn movies to moving the entire building to Wiltshire - all to avoid ‘people’ traipsing through the house. This National Theatre production is simply superb, from the incredible cast putting in masterful performances (led by the mesmirising Sian Phillips, Selina Cadell and Brigit Forsyth), to the atmospheric staging, but above all Bennett’s beautiful delivery of a story which makes you giggle one minute and challenges your conceptions the next.
It’s warm, affectionate and highly engaging, and runs at Norwich Theatre Royal until Saturday - don’t miss it.