David Pugh & Dafydd Rogers will produce the 2018 tour of the Old Vic production of Yasmina Reza’s Olivier, Tony and Moliere award-winning comedy.
Translated by Christopher Hampton and directed by Ellie Jones and based on the original Old Vic production, the UK tour is set to open at Cambridge Arts Theatre on the 14th February 2018.
It has been announced today that the cast is set to include Nigel Havers (Chariots of Fire, Coronation Street), Denis Lawson (Bleak House, New Tricks) and Stephen Tompkinson (DCI Banks, Ballykissangel) .
Talking about the news David Pugh said, “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!”
After its run at the Cambridge Arts Theatre, the production will then tour to:
Plymouth Theatre Royal 26 February – 3 March 2018
Newcastle Theatre Royal 5 – 10 March 2018
Belfast Grand Opera House 12 – 17 March 2018
Dublin Gaiety 19 – 24 March 2018
The Lowry 26 – 31 March 2018
Leeds Grand 2 – 7 April 2018
Glasgow TR 9 – 14 April 2018
Sheffield Lyceum 16 – 21 April 2018
Norwich Theatre Royal 23 – 28 April 2018
Nottingham Theatre Royal 30 April – 5 May 2018
Bath Theatre Royal 7 – 12 May 2018
Northampton Royal & Derngate 14 – 19 May 2018
Birmingham Hippodrome 21 – 26 May 2018
Wales Milenium Centre 28 May – 2 June 2018
Canterbury Marlowe 4 – 9 June 2018
Yasmina Reza’s comedy follows three friends Serge, Marc and Yvan whose friendship is put on the line when Serge, indulging his penchant for modern art, buys a large, expensive, completely white painting. Soon an argument takes place about what constitutes as ‘art’.
This production will feature designs by Mark Thompson, lighting by Hugh Vanstone, sound design by Mic Pool, original music by Gary Yershon and fight direction by Terry King.
For more information about the show and to book tickets visit: http://arttheplay.com/