Following the television broadcast in June this year, and an upcoming run at the Bridge Theatre, two of Alan Bennett’s TALKING HEADS monologues will be performed in a double bill at Sheffield Theatres and Leeds Playhouse this November.

Imelda Staunton will be in A Lady of Letters directed by Jonathan Kent with Maxine Peake in Miss Fozzard Finds Her Feet directed by Sarah Frankcom






The transfers represent a show of solidarity with the two Yorkshire venues by the performers, the Bridge Theatre, and the creative teams of these two pieces. For these performances, as at the Bridge, Alan Bennett has generously waived his royalty.

Leeds Playhouse has already announced Connecting Voices, a collaboration between Leeds Playhouse and Opera North which runs 2 – 17 Oct.  TALKING HEADS will form part of the following season, running from 19 October, the full details of which will be announced at the end of September.

Artistic Director James Brining said:

“It is wonderful that these highly acclaimed actors are willing to support regional theatre in this way ­– bringing their talent to the Playhouse stage and their support to our cities.  Imelda and Maxine’s are cherished throughout the country and their performances will bring joy and excitement after the long months of closure.  Alan Bennett is of course, a Leeds icon and we are grateful to him and the Bridge Theatre for enabling these very special performances to take place.”

In line with current government guidelines, audiences will be of limited capacity with social distancing and temperature checking will also be in place at each these theatres.

Lady of Letters / Miss Fozzard Finds Her Feet, Leeds Playhouse 12 – 14 November

Tickets are on sale to Brooke Club members, Priority Access members and Playhouse Pass holders from Wednesday 30 September, with tickets on general sale on Tuesday 6 October.

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