18 - 26 November Box Office 01603 620917
Directed by Jen Dewsbury
Middle-aged MP George Oliver is 10 years into his second marriage. He lives in his middle-class home with his bustling, attractive wife Polly and his children – and yet he feels disillusioned by the passing years and tied down in a time of change. George is a disenchanted reformer out of touch with his family, his friends and his neighbours – with the world he has tried to change. He is distrustful of the young, but fearful for the middle-aged as they head towards the inevitable end of a not-so-very-interesting road. “He's a socialist,” observes Polly. “But he doesn't like people!”
Leeds-born actor and writer Alan Bennett – who turned 82 in May – has long been acclaimed as a 'national treasure', and his sharp, witty, observational humour continues to win him new legions of followers. 'Getting On' (1972) is among the earliest full-length plays of his prolific career. If you giggled helplessly throughout the Maddermarket's smash-hit production of Bennett's touching comedy 'The Lady in the Van' – turned into a critically acclaimed film starring Dame Maggie Smith in 2015 – you'll not want to miss another helping of Bennett's magic when 'Getting On' hits the stage!
Photos courtesy of Sean Owen