Set in Paris, Art follows Serge, Marc and Yvan, three friends who begin to question their long-term relationship after Serge purchases a blank canvas with a few white lines. A 200,000 franc acquisition, Serge is proud of his painting but is soon scorned by his friends, who are burdened by their own problems. Soon, the three are using the canvas in a relentless battle that highlight’s each other’s failures and their friendship comes under fierce scrutiny. A ridiculous comedy, Art tends to highlight issues that remain relevant today.
First performed in 1994 in Paris, Art received a London premiere in 1996, starring Albert Finney, Tom Courtenay and Ken Stott. Earning the 1998 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, the production went on to run for a hugely successful 8 years. In 1998, the play opened on Broadway, scooping the Tony Award for Best Play. A French-language play, Art is translated by Christopher Hampton for the Old Vic performance and stars Rufus Sewell (Victoria) as Serge, comedian Tim Key as Yvan and Paul Ritter (The Audience) as Marc.
Directed by Matthew Warchus in a 20th anniversary production, Art is sure to be hugely entertaining. Opening at the Old Vic Theatre on December 10th, the production will play until February 18th 2017.