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About the showMatthew Warchus takes the helm in this new production of Yasmina Reza’s modern classic Art. Focusing on the disintegrating relationship between three friends when one of them purchases an expensive piece of modern art, Art is often cited as one of the most influential plays of the 1990s, receiving a plethora of awards.
This new production sees Warchus reunite the entire creative team behind the original London West End show, as part of his 2016/2017 season as artistic director of the Old Vic, alongside other high profile plays such as King Lear and Woyzeck.
Art originally premiered in its French language format in 1994 in Paris, before soon receiving a French language translation by Christopher Hampton, which received its London premiere in October 1996, starring Albert Finney, Tom Courtney and Ken Stott.
The play soon became highly lauded, receiving a handful of awards, including at the Oliviers, the Molieres and the Tonys, as well as receiving the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play. This production ran for eight years in London as well as having over 600 performances on Broadway.
Art is based around the relationship between three Parisian friends, Serge, Marc and Yvan, which is put under strain when Serge purchases a piece of modern art which is essentially a white canvas. As Marc takes objection to this and Yvan tries to mediate, while also dealing with his own problems, the arguments of the three soon seem to focus less on art and more on each other.
With a multi-award winning script and Matthew Warchus’ direction, this new production of Art is one of the funniest and most fascinating plays to take to the London stage at the Old Vic. Performances of Art began on 10th December 2016 and will run until 18th February 2017.
Who Should See It?Art is perfect for those who love sharp and funny drama, such as The Spoils by Jessie Eisenberg that was recently at the Trafalgar Studios in London’s West End in 2016.