Alan Bennett films comes to Leighton Buzzard

Alan Bennett
Alan Bennett

A candid look at the mind of one of Britain’s best known writers will be presented at a live screening at Leighton Buzzard Library Theatre later this month.

Alan Bennett Live can be seen at 8pm on Wednesday, November 16.

At the age of 82, he shows no signs of slowing down.

The event will include a screening of Alan Bennett’s Diaries, a new film about the writer, followed by an exclusive Q&A with Alan Bennett from his local library in Primrose Hill.

Inspired by his acerbic and often hilarious diaries, the film shows Alan as he’s never been seen before.

The film follows him to New York, the scene of his early triumph in Beyond The Fringe, to accept an award from the city’s public library; to Shepherd’s Bush to record an episode of Private Passions for Radio 3.

He opens up about the importance of music in his life and his passion for the local community-run library in Primrose Hill, which, he despairs, some would rather see turned into a Pizza Hut.

It also takes in the East Coast railway line, which he’d like to see renationalised, and the village in Yorkshire he calls home.

It is a series of intimate encounters, filmed over the course of a year, and reveals a writer who is bemused by his own popularity and is still as angry and irreverent in his 80s as he was in his 20s.

His work includes The Madness of George III and its film adaptation, the series of monologues Talking Heads, the play and subsequent film The History Boys as well as the recent smash hit The Lady in the Van.

Tickets for the screening are selling out fast and people are advised to book as soon as possible. They cost £15 for adults and £13 for concessions.

For further information or to book tickets visit or call the box office on 0300 300 8125.