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Watch Belgrade plays 'lost' in the lockdown

To give theatre-goers a cultural fix during the lockdown, two plays that would have come to the Belgrade in Coventry are being made available on video.

Alan Bennett's The Habit of Art, and a new thriller by Ali Milles called The Croft, have been filmed and are now available to order to watch at home.

The films can be watched online until June 2. Those who have already booked for the actual theatre run are promised a full refund

The Croft is a spine-chiller set in the Highlands of Scotland and stars BAFTA nominee Gwen Taylor (pictured).

And the new production of The Habit of Art - previously staged at The Belgrade in 2018 - stars Matthew Kelly and David Yelland, and centres on an imaginary meeting between the poet W.H. Auden and the composer Benjamin Britten.

Bennett is now in his mid-80s and so, perhaps among the humour, there might also be a pang from his own heart as this later work explores not only rivalry, friendship and heartache, but the true emotional cost of creativity.

To order one or both of these performances to watch at home people are being asked to make a minimum donation of £2.50, more if they can manage it as tickets would normally be £30-plus.

Every penny from the sale of each video will go to the producers and actors who, after doing the work, now find themselves in a precarious financial situation.

To book, or find out more, visit

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