Forty Years On, CD-Audio Book


The Headmaster has been at Albion House for fifty years, man and boy.

Now he is retiring and takes part in the end-of-year entertainment for the last time.

Entitled Speak For England, Arthur, it weaves together a multi-generational story of England: the glorious era at the turn of the century, when the summers were always golden; the fast-living inter-war years peopled by the Bloomsbury Group; and the growing cynicism of a country going to war twice in so many decades. Tongue-in-cheek, the play-within-a-play prompts an outraged response from the Headmaster, who can only see his beloved standards being mocked.

Yet within the parody lies an almost-painful nostalgia for a more peaceful age and the timeless misunderstanding of one generation by another. Clever, funny and poignant, Alan Bennett's masterful play is rightly regarded as a modern classic. 2 CDs. 1 hr 44 mins.


  • Format: CD-Audio
  • Publisher: BBC Audio, A Division Of Random House
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  • Category: Plays, playscripts
  • ISBN: 9780563477952



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