Stephen Frears produces six plays by Oscar-nominated playwright Alan Bennett. Showcasing the talents of Julie Walters, Prunella Scales, Patricia Routledge, Dave Allen and Alun Armstrong, Six Plays by Alan Bennett includes the BAFTA-nominated Me! I'm Afraid of Virginia Woolf. Frears himself directs four of the six plays, with the remaining two directed by BAFTA-winning Giles Foster and Palm d'Or winner Lindsay Anderson. Me! I'm Afraid of Virginia Woolf Trevor Hopkins is painfully shy, but a chance encounter makes him think that his life is about to turn a corner.... Starring Neville Smith, Thora Hird and Julie Walters Doris and Doreen Doris and Doreen are happy working in an obscure provincial office, until the spectre of redundancy rears its head. Starring Prunella Scales, Patricia Routledge and Pete Postlethwaite The Old Crowd George and Betty are throwing a housewarming party, but circumstances conspire against them... Starring John Moffatt, Isobel Dean, Peter Jeffrey and Rachel Roberts Afternoon Off A hotel waiter spends an afternoon off in search of sexual fulfilment, but instead finds a town full of eccentrics bearing petty prejudices. Starring Henry Man, Benjamin Whitrow and Philip Jackson One Fine Day An estate agent suffering a mid-life crisis takes up residence in an office block that he's supposed to be renting to his firm's clients. Starring Dave Allen, Robert Stephens and Benjamin Whitrow All Day on the Sands The Coopers decide to holiday in Morecambe as a change from Menorca. They stay in the Miramar Hotel, but Mr Cooper has a guilty secret... Starring Alun Armstrong, Marjorie Yates and Ken Jones [show more]
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Collection of six plays written by Alan Bennett and produced by Stephen Frears with such acting talents as Julie Walters, Prunella Scales and Pete Postlethwaite. 'Me! I'm Afraid of Virginia Woolf' (1978) tells the story of a shy man named Trevor Hopkins (Neville Smith) and a chance encounter of his. In 'Doris and Doreen' (1978) the title characters are quite content working their menial jobs, but they may be so menial that no one requires their services anymore. 'The Old Crowd' (1979) finds a house-warming party growing steadily more disappointing. 'Afternoon Off' (1979) shows the search by a hotel waiter for sexual gratification amid a town of eccentric but infantile individuals. 'One Fine Day' (1979) involves an estate agent and his turbulent middle age, as he ends up living in the very property he ought to be renting to clients. Finally, 'All Day On the Sands' (1979) sees a family opt for a holiday in Morecambe instead of predictable Menorca, while the father tries to keep a secret under wraps.