Christopher Hampton’s translations of foreign language plays have been a staple of the London theatre scene in recent times, from The Father at the Duke of York’s Theatre to 2016’s The Truth at the Wyndham’s Theatre. Both of those are translations of Florian Zeller’s plays but from December 2016 we turn our attentions back to Yasmina Reza’s 1990s play Art, which runs at the Old Vic Theatre.
This will be a welcome return for a show that won over both London and Broadway audiences back in the 1990s, with its insightful look at the concept of art, and for this latest London appearance is also boasts a director in the Old Vic’s Matthew Warchus.
Art focuses on the turbulent friendship of three friends by the names of Serge, Marc and Yvan and the problems caused by Serge’s purchase of a completely white painting. Whilst Yvan looks and on tries to keep the peace, Marc and Serge go head to head, with the former unimpressed by what he considers to be a waste of money. Cue debates on art as friendships are tested.
The play was penned by Yasmina Reza, also known for God Of Carnage, and it was first seen in Paris in 1994 before being adapted into English by Christopher Hampton and presented in the West End in 1996. Those runs and its subsequent appearance on Broadway ensured plenty of awards, from the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy to the Tony Award for Best Play, with plenty of others along the way.
And its new appearance in London is bound to draw considerable attention with Matthew Warchus directing. The Artistic Director of the Old Vic Theatre has presented many shows over the years, from Matilda The Musical at the Cambridge Theatre to Future Conditional at the Old Vic, and will undoubtedly present Art in all of its acclaimed style.
Arts opens at the Old Vic Theatre on Saturday 10th December 2016.
|Booking From:||Friday, 16th December 2016|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 18th February 2017|
|Wed:||3.00pm and 7.30pm|
|Sat:||3.00pm and 7.30pm|
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