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[Perspectives] From cradle to grave

Charming and witty, but not without teeth, the opening of Alan Bennett’s first play in 6 years and his tenth collaboration with director Nicholas Hytner will be for many a source of celebration. Allelujah! is set in the Bethlehem (“the Beth”) a Yorkshire cradle-to-grave hospital. The Beth is loved by patients and financially solvent but is nevertheless threatened with closure in favour of larger “centres of excellence”.