Alan Bennett was born in Leeds in May 1934. Bennett has been one of our leading dramatists since the success of Beyond the Fringe in the 1960s. His television series Talking Heads has become a modern-day classic, as have many of his works for the stage, including Forty Years On, The Lady in the Van, A Question of Attribution, The Madness of George III (together with the Oscar-nominated screenplay The Madness of King George) and an adaptation of The Wind in the Willows. His most recent play, The History Boys, won the Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle Awards for Best Play, the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play and the South Bank Award. He divides his time between London and Yorkshire.