Originally performed in 1968, Forty Years On was Alan Bennett’s first West End play and has since been successfully adapted for BBC Radio 4. Performed by a full cast including Bennett himself, it is brought to life in this superb downloadable MP3 audiobook, also available as a CD audiobook. Full of witty one-liners and double entendres, this timeless satire is as entertaining “Forty Years On” as it was when it was first performed on the stage.
In this play set in a British public school, the soon-to-be retired headmaster takes part in the end-of-year revue to entertain the boys’ parents for the last time. Things take a turn for the worse however, when the headmaster realises the nature of the performance, which ends up mocking everything that he stands for. Primarily comedic whilst at times conjuring up an almost melancholic nostalgia for the past, Forty Years On was enormously well received on its stage début and has lost none of its charm since.
For fans of Alan Bennett, or for those who are new to him, this MP3 audiobook contains all the wit, charm and poignancy that helped to make him one of the most successful playwrights of his time, and represents a perfect addition to any collection.