Mr Betjeman's Class

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20171225

By Jonathan Smith. First of two plays celebrating one of Britain's best-loved poets.

1 / 2. By Jonathan Smith. First of two plays celebrating one of Britain's best-loved poets. 1928. John Betjeman, aged 23, has left Magdalen College - sent down without a degree. He's spent three years at Oxford being a class-conscious social climber, clowning his suburban way into the country house weekend set. With his ambitions in ruins, he's reduced to acting as cricket master in a prep school. He knows nothing of cricket. Stars Benjamin Whitrow in his final role before his death at the age of 80.

Producer/director: Bruce Young
(Jonathan Smith's second play, Mr Betjeman Regrets, is at 2.15pm on Boxing Day).