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Deep in the bowels of London’s National Theatre, rehearsals for a new play go apace: Benjamin Britten is having trouble with his latest opera and seeks out his collaborator, poet W. H. Auden, after a twenty-five year separation. Between visits by a rent boy and a biographer—briefly mistaken for the rent boy—these aging artists wrestle with their desires, their jealousies, the ephemeral connection between creativity and inspiration, and all the reasons their friendship fell apart.

Wistful and filthily funny, the latest play from the award-winning writer of The History Boys examines creativity, desire, and the tenacity of the artistic spirit.

Studio’s Subscription Series is the core of our programming, offering an uncommonly rich repertoire of provocative contemporary writing from around the world and inventive stagings of contemporary classics. 

Press


A production so polished that it could open on Broadway as is.

The Wall Street Journal

Delightful…an actorly home run. You’ll have a grand time.

Washington City Paper

An extraordinarily funny, deeply revealing look at the creation of theater from start to finish. Bennett’s sense of humor, as wistful and self-effacing as it is blindingly sharp, is unfailing.

Washingtonian

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