Art for art’s sake

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Art for art’s sake

Art, the sensational hit play that saw the likes of such superstars as Albert Finney, Tom Courtenay and Ken Stott tred the boards on the London stage is set to return to London’s West End.

Tom Courtenay, Ken Stott and Albert Finney in Art at the Wyndhams theatre

Tom Courtenay, Ken Stott and Albert Finney in Art at the Wyndhams theatre

Art is Yasmina Reza’s comedy won both the Evening Standard and Laurence Olivier Awards for best comedy in 1996. Rumoured to be returning to the London theatre, the comedy drama Art, originally opened at the Wyndham’s theatre in London in 1996 and starred Albert Finney, Tom Courtenay and Rebus himself, Ken Stott. Produced by David Pugh and Sean Connery, the play Art ran for nearly 8 years in the West End. Other renown actors who starred included Corrie’s Nigel Havers, Only Fools and Horses’ Trigger – Roger Lloyd-Pack and Dutch detective Van Der Valk, Barry Foster, Merican actor George Segal, Harry Potter’s Richard Griffith and seasoned stage actor Paul Freeman.

It transferred to Broadway in 1998 starring Alan Alda, Victor Garber and Alfred Molina.

Art is a comedy play set in Paris which focuses on three long-time friends, Serge, Marc, and Yvan. Serge, indulging his passion for modern art, buys a large, very expensive, completely white painting.

Expecting to impress his friends with his 200,000 franc acquisition Serge is astounded that his friend Marc is completely mortified, scornfully describing the painting as ‘a piece of white shit’. Their relationship comes under considerable strain as a result of their arguments about what actually constitutes “art.”

Their mutual friend Yvan is caught in the middle of the conflict and attempts to appease and mollify both of them, whilst planning his impending wedding. His attempts at peace-making backfire as, eager to please he laughs about the painting with Marc but tells Serge he likes it.

Their conflict deteriorates from theoretical discussion in to something far more personal as they border on destroying their friendship, whilst providing plenty of laughs and a few poignant moments.

At Shows in London we can’t wait for the return of this classic comedy.

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