ART is a phenomenon and one of the most successful plays ever. Having opened in 1996, it took both the West End and Broadway by storm, won Olivier, Tony, Moliere and every other major theatre award, and has been packing in audiences worldwide for more than twenty years.
When Serge spends an extortionate amount of money on an all white modernist painting, his close friends Marc and Yvan 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.
The all-star cast features Nigel Havers whose numerous credits include The Charmer, Don’t Wait Up and Downton Abbey on television; he was BAFTA nominated for his role in the Academy Award-winning film Chariots of Fire; and theatre credits include The Importance of Being Earnest, Rebecca and Single Spies.
Olivier Award winning Denis Lawson is known for his roles as John Jarndyce in the BBC’s adaptation of Bleak House, as Gordon Urquhart in the film Local Hero, as DI Steve McAndrew in BBC 1’s New Tricks, and as Wedge Antilles in the original Star Wars trilogy. His West End credits include La Cage Aux Folles and Oleanna.
Stephen Tompkinson’s television credits include Drop the Dead Donkey, Ballykissangel, Grafter, Wild at Heart, DCI Banks and he starred in the film Brassed Off. He won the 1994 British Comedy Award for Best TV Comedy Actor. His stage credits range from Spamalot to Tartuffe.
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Approximately 1 hour 30 minutes with no interval
Performance contains strong language
Wednesday 14 - Saturday 24 February, 7.45pm
Saturday 17 and Saturday 24 February, 2.30pm: £25/£35/£40/£45*
Thursday 15 and Thursday 22 February, 2.30pm: £25/£35/£40*
Sunday 18 February: No performance
*All ticket prices include a £3 per-ticket booking fee.
One of the UK’s most treasured actors, Nigel Havers made his West End debut
as Serge in Art in 1997.
Havers returns to Cambridge after sell-out appearances in Basket Case (2011), Single Spies (2008) and Rebecca (2005). His many TV and film credits include roles in Rumpole of the Bailey, The Little Princess, Don’t Wait Up and ITV’s Coronation Street as Lewis Archer, Chariots of Fire and A Passage to India.
Denis Lawson is a series regular in Holby City, whose extensive TV and film credits include BBC’s Bleak House, New Tricks and Wedge Antilles in the original Stars Wars trilogy. His recent theatre credits include La Cage Aux Folles (Playhouse Theatre) and The Acid Test (Royal Court).
Stephen Tompkinson is best known for his roles in Drop the Dead Donkey, Ballykissangel and Wild at Heart, most recently starring as Alan Banks in DCI Banks.