Talk:Alan Bennett

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On the Margin (1966)[edit]

This series was formerly described as "largely" erased. In fact, all six episodes still seem to be missing according to online sources. Philip Cross 19:20, 19 January 2007 (UTC)

Fair use rationale for Image:Alan Bennett.jpg[edit]

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Enjoy[edit]

I went to what I thought was a new play by Bennett, Feb 2007, at Watford Palace Theatre. Yet checking the article here I see Enjoy is referenced as being written in 1980. Was the play unperformed for 27 years, or was I mistaken in believing the play was new?--Dr Finkbottle (talk) 21:51, 25 November 2007 (UTC)

A reply almost a year later... You were mistaken in thinking it was new. The play you saw is indeed a revival. And, yes, sadly the play has not been mounted much in major theatres since it bombed in 1980. AB's diaries 1980-1990 (published in "Writing Home" ISBN 0571196675) cover the critical reaction to the original staging and the play coming off. ➨ ЯEDVERS has nothing to declare except his jeans 13:46, 29 August 2008 (UTC)

Youtube[edit]

I've excised a load of Youtube links, as they are copyright violations ~dom Kaos~ (talk) 22:39, 7 December 2009 (UTC)

slightly chippy Old Labour tone to his writing.[edit]

Does not seem fair to me. --Stagiran (talk) 04:55, 9 December 2009 (UTC)

Fair point - that whole section ("Themes and characters in his work") is a mess. Much of it reads like a school essay - assertions such as "he is celebrated for his acute observations of vernacular northern speech" and "the hilarious facts-of-life talk" are quite clearly the writer's personal opinion, and the entire paragraph is unsourced and therefore reads like original research. I've tagged the section, and deleted the slightly bizarre and irrelevent coda about spies. ~dom Kaos~ (talk) 10:14, 9 December 2009 (UTC)

Seems to have been plagiarised from this article: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/theatre/6603572/Alan-Bennett-shy-and-spiky---but-one-of-us.html —Preceding unsigned comment added by 82.2.217.145 (talk) 23:22, 9 December 2009 (UTC)

Good piece of detective work! I've deleted that entire section, as it is, as you say, clearly lifted from the Telegraph article ~dom Kaos~ (talk) 22:54, 10 December 2009 (UTC)

Thirty one years since when?[edit]

In Personal Life, it says: "...has lived in Camden Town in London for thirty one years...". If one were really interested to know how long or since when he's lived there, one would have to figure out when that section was written, and possibly do some mental arithmetic (a là "that was written two years ago, so he's lived there thirty-three years now, since 19XX"). Much easier and less ambiguous to re-write it as "...has lived in Camden Town in London since 19XX" in the first place; then this sentence won't need to be updated every year. --CRConrad (talk) 13:57, 13 December 2009 (UTC)

In a short section of Untold Stories prefatory to Diaries 1996–2004 (p. 179 of my HB edition) published in 2005, he writes of Camden Town as "where I have lived for the last forty years". Something like "since the mid-sixties" might be acceptable, or is it original research? According to this NYT article it was 'two decades' in 1989, referring specifically to his current address. William Avery (talk) 15:39, 13 December 2009 (UTC)

Copyright problem[edit]

‎ This article has been reverted to an earlier version as part of a large-scale clean-up project of multiple article copyright infringement. (See the investigation subpage) Text entered in [1] duplicated at least in part material from [2].

Compare the article's:

He also reveals in his biography that his parents disliked, and were made anxious by, what they called "splother", meaning excessive preening and fuss, and Bennett has always seemed to hate it, too. He is someone who backs into the limelight with every appearance of reluctant diffidence.

With Telegraph's

As he reveals in his marvellous and often moving volume of memoirs, Untold Stories, his parents...disliked, and were made anxious, by what they called "splother", meaning excessive preening and fuss, and Bennett has always seemed to hate it, too. He is someone who backs into the limelight with every appearance of reluctant diffidence.

Compare the article's:

There was much press excitement when it was revealed in the 1990s that he had had a love affair with his former cleaning lady, and the tabloid press camped outside his house asking questions about his love life through the letterbox.

With Telegraph's

There was much press excitement when it was revealed in the Nineties that he had had a love affair with his former cleaning lady, with the tabloids door-stepping his house in Camden Town and asking questions about his love life through the letterbox.

Such material cuts far too close for us to use.

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He's gay isn't he?[edit]

Just been watching History Boys (in which gay characters have a major role). I vaguely remember that Bennett's gay (relevant since I'm sure there is an autobiographical element to the play/film) and went to Wikipedia to check. I'm surprised to find no ref to that. (except in the categories section at end). In fact there is virtually no ref to his private life at all. How come? I see from one of the talk posts there was once a section entitled Privale Life, but not more??? 109.154.112.176 (talk) 21:07, 22 July 2010 (UTC)

The article says he "shares his home with Rupert Thomas, his partner for the last fourteen years." That about covers it, I think. Spanglej (talk) 22:43, 22 July 2010 (UTC)

Adverts[edit]

I removed several passages listing literary, dramatic and film prizes as these have nothing to do with Bennett's work and nothing to do with merit.Keith-264 (talk) 19:58, 18 October 2010 (UTC)

Image:Alan Bennett.jpg[edit]

Another image by Allan Warren, probably from the same shoot, with the same features.

I may be mistaken but it looks to me as though the image is reversed (i.e. flipped horizontally). Bennett's hair is normally parted on the left and, as the image stands, his shirt buttons are not on the usual side. Simon Coward (talk) 19:51, 12 November 2013 (UTC)

Both points highly persuasive. See also the image on the right. William Avery (talk) 21:36, 12 November 2013 (UTC)