Yasmina Reza’s award-winning 1996 comedy ART comes to Richmond Theatre from Mon 4 – Sat 9 Mar and stars Nigel Havers, Denis Lawson and Stephen Tompkinson.
ART has won Olivier, Tony®, Moliére and every other major theatre award and has been packing in audiences for more than twenty years. Producer David Pugh says, “It is twenty years since Dafydd [Rogers] and I first produced the comedy masterpiece ART in the West End, and the original post-London tour played for 78 weeks. This time, we want to break our own record; in fact, we want to play as many theatres as Sir Ken Dodd has played in his wonderful career, and with this marvellous cast, we think we have every chance!”
When Serge (Nigel Havers) spends an extortionate amount of money on an all-white modernist painting, his close friends Marc (Denis Lawson) and Yvan (Stephen Tompkinson) are baffled. But does their violent reactions to this provocative canvas mirror more dangerous antagonisms towards each other? Yasmina Reza’s dazzling study of friendship, prejudice, and tolerance is a masterpiece and has cemented itself as one of the most successful plays of all time.
Nigel Havers previously took to Richmond Theatre’s stage back in 2015 in The Importance of Being Earnest and even further back in 2007 in the annual pantomime, Cinderella. His films include Chariots of Fire, A Passage to India, Empire of the Sun and The Whistle Blower. He has starred in many television productions, including The Charmer, Dangerfield, Manchild, and, more recently, the hit US series Brothers and Sisters, Lewis Archer in Coronation Street, Benidorm and Lord Hepworth in Downton Abbey.
Denis Lawson is known for his roles as John Jarndyce in the BBC’s adaptation of Bleak House, for which he was nominated for both a BAFTA and an EMMY award. In film, his notable credits include the roles of Gordon Urquhart in the film Local Hero and Wedge Antilles in the original Star Wars trilogy. On stage, he won an Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance as Jim Lancastar in Mr Cinders at the Fortune Theatre, and he was nominated for an Olivier for his performance as George in La Cages Aux Folles at the Playhouse Theatre.
Stephen Tompkinson’s television credits include BBC’s The Split, five series of DCI Banks, four series of Trollied, seven series of Wild at Heart, six series of Drop the Dead Donkey (British Comedy Award Winner for Best TV Comedy Actor) and three series of Ballykissangel, and his films include Phil in Brassed Off. His theatre work includes Spamalot, Rattle of a Simple Man and Arsenic and Old Lace in the West End, Cloaca and A Christmas Carol (Old Vic) and Tartuffe (National Tour).
Stephen Tomkinson, Nigel Havers & Denis LawsonBased on the original production by Matthew Warchus, ART will be directed by Ellie Jones, with design by Mark Thompson, lighting by Hugh Vanstone, sound design by Mic Pool and original music by Gary Yershon.