Alan Bennett Plays: Radio Dramatisations (Audiobook)
By Alan Bennett (read by various)
Can anything be, well, more English? After opening with the sound of a church organ, a plummy (and very BBC) voice introduces Alan Bennett’s first major play, Forty Years On, with a cast including Sir John Gielgud, Paul Eddington and Bennett himself. Among this collection are Bennett’s most famous theatrical works rendered for voices alone: The History Boys, The Madness of George III, The Lady in the Van and A Question of Attribution. Each work examines, in its own understated way, England’s relationship to the wider world, whether it is the formation of the British empire (The Madness) or its part in the cold war (A Question of Attribution). A delight for every second of its 12 hours and 39 minutes.