Stephen Frears produces six plays by Oscar-nominated writer Alan Bennett. Showcasing the talents of Thora Hird, 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 (1978) A repressed night-school teacher, secretly homosexual, struggles to cope with his demanding, eccentric mother.
Doris and Doreen (1978) Doris (Prunella Scales) and Doreen (Patricia Routledge) work for a large unnamed corporation. Changes are afoot, though they are not entirely sure what they are. Equipped with an in depth knowledge of regulations and paperwork they feel compelled to get to the bottom of it.
The Old Crowd (1979) George (John Moffatt) and Betty (Isabel Dean), a middle-class English couple, have just moved into a big Edwardian house in London and are throwing a party to celebrate. Unfortunately, after ten days none of their furniture has arrived, having been sent to Carlisle by mistake, three of the four toilets don't work and cracks are starting to appear in the ceiling. However, nothing can dent their determination to have a good time.
Afternoon Off (1979) Lee (Henry Man), a Chinese man, works as a waiter in a hotel in England, despite speaking very little English. Told that a girl called Iris might be interested in him, on his afternoon off work he buys a box of chocolates and sets off to find her.
One Fine Day (1979) George Phillips (Dave Allen), a middle-aged Londoner, works as an estate agent for the firm of Frobisher, Rendell and Ross. His home life is soured by clashes with his wife over whether their teenage...
All Day on the Sands (1979) Mr. and Mrs. Cooper are staying at a boarding-house in the seaside resort of Morecambe with their small children, Colin (Gary Carp) and Jennifer (Susan Hopkins). Mr Cooper has just been made redundant, but the family are trying to keep this a secret from the other guests...