Our first play of 2014 was a rebroadcast of an earlier production of the National Theatre Live show, starring Richard Griffiths as WH Auden, Alex Jennings as Benjamin Britten and Frances de la Tour as the Stage Manager.
It is a play within a play that imagines a conversation between Britten and Auden. The performances are excellent, but I think I needed to know a lot more about the two characters to really understand this play and the interactions between the two men. the added layer of the rehearsal of the play, the comments of the author and the directions and mothering of the stage manager are quite amusing and provide an interesting insight into how a play comes together, but they complicate the story of the two main characters.
It was an interesting afternoon, but definitely the weakest of the NT live shows that we have seen to date.