Cocktail Sticks

by Alan Bennett

Cocktail Sticks

Cocktail Sticks is a new short play that revisits some of the themes and conversations of Alan Bennett’s memoir A Life Like Other People’s.

A son talks to his dead father as his mother yearns for a different life. It’s funny, tender and sad.

Nicholas Hytner directs Alex Jennings as Alan Bennett. He is joined by Derek Hutchinson, Gabrielle Lloyd, Maggie McCarthy and Jeff Rawle, with music performed by Rachel Elliott and Chris Fish.

The pinnacle of my social life is a scrutty bit of lettuce and tomato and some tinned salmon. Mind you, I read in Ideal Home that if you mix tinned salmon with this soft cheese you can make it into one of those moussy things. Shove a bit of lemon on it and it looks really classy.


Hymn and Cocktail Sticks transfered to the West End as a double bill, entitled Untold Stories. From 22 March 2013.

Cocktail Sticks ran at the National Theatre from 5 December 2012 to 16 March 2013

World Premiere


Original illustration by Alan Bennett

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