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BUY TICKETS 7pm Thursday 1 November
Alan Bennett’s sharp and hilarious new play is ‘just what the doctor ordered’ (Daily Telegraph). Filmed live at London’s Bridge Theatre during its limited run, don’t miss this ‘rousing chorus line for the NHS’ (Observer) in your local cinema.
The Beth, an old-fashioned cradle-to-grave hospital serving a town on the edge of the Pennines, is threatened with closure as part of an efficiency drive. A documentary crew, eager to capture its fight for survival, follows the daily struggle to find beds on the Dusty Springfield Geriatric Ward, and the triumphs of the old people’s choir.
Alan Bennett’s celebrated plays include The History Boys, The Lady in the Van and The Madness of George III, all of which were also seen on film. Allelujah! is his tenth collaboration with award-winning director Nicholas Hytner.
I think it’s fair to say this is the only play about our imperilled National Health Service from which I have departed bobbing on a wave of happiness … The timing is perfect. The NHS will indeed be lucky if it receives a more enjoyably supportive 70th birthday present … Hytner directs with his marvellous instinct for the signature interplay between revue-like whimsy and political subversiveness characteristic of Bennett’s work … it is remarkable how Bennett’s humour and faith in the decency of ordinary people manage to make this an ultimately high spirited occasion. Paul Taylor, The Independent
Tickets: Full £19 Adult concessions £17 19-30 £15 18 & under £10
Running time: 2 hrs 50 mins (inc one interval)
Doors open: 6.30pm
Certificate: This screening is certified 12A As Live. Click here for more information.