Alan Bennett's play People which premieres at the National Theatre is shown on the Landmark's big screen
APLAY that has garnered glittering reviews in the national press will be shown on the Landmark Theatre's big screen on Saturday.
People, written by one of the UK's most loved playwrights Alan Bennett, has been described in the Independent as "outrageously funny and provocative". It's the sixth of Bennett's plays to have had its premiere at the National Theatre.
The caustic farce centres on the plight of a stately pile. Peer and ex fashion model Dorothy, lives there with her companion, Iris, and is reluctant to open it to the public. Meanwhile, her sister June is on the verge of striking a deal with the National Trust. A third fate for the house appears on the horizon, though, when a film company turns up to use the site as a location for a porn movie.
Frances de la Tour takes the part of Dorothy in her third new play by Bennett at the National following The History Boys and The Habit Of Art. The actress, who has won multiple top awards, is joined by Selina Cadell (ITV1's Doc Martin) and Linda Bassett (BBC One's Lark Rise To Candleford).
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A five-star review in The Times called the play: "Wonderfully funny... a grand evening. Dorothy is Frances de la Tour, in the best part Alan Bennett has written for her."
While Charles Spencer writing in The Telegraph said: "Frances de La Tour, with her long lugubrious face and gift for the deadpan put-down, is on wonderful form as the haughty heroine, pluckily facing up to her lonely, childless old age and briefly reviving the embers of a long-past affair when the porn crew pitches up."
Director is Nicholas Hytner with an excellent set design by Bob Crowley which captures the eroding grandeur of the house.
The encore screening from the National Theatre is at the Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe on Saturday, March 23, 7pm. Tickets: £12.50 (adult), £10.50 (member), £7 (student/young person). Box office: 01271 324242 or visit www.north devontheatres.org.uk