Nigel Havers has another brush with Art in new UK tour

Nigel Havers, Denis Lawson & Stephen Tompkinson in Art. Images Jon Swannell.

Read our ★★★★★ ART the play review from the Royal & Derngate Theatre.

Old Vic production of Yasmina Reza’s Olivier, Tony and Moliere award-winning comedy ART, is set for a new UK tour starring Nigel Havers, Denis Lawson and Stephen Tompkinson and produced by David Pugh & Dafydd Rogers.

The tour will open at the Arts Theatre, Cambridge on February 14, 2018.

David Pugh said: “It is 20 since Dafydd 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!”

Translated by Christopher Hampton, the comedy sees three long-time friends, Serge, Marc, and Yvan come to blows about the meaning of art and friendship.

Serge, indulging his penchant for modern art, buys a large, expensive, completely white painting. Marc is horrified, and their relationship becomes strtained as a result of their differing opinions about what constitutes “art”.

Yvan, caught in the middle of the conflict, tries to please and mollify both of them.

Nigel Havers, who appeared in the original ART tour, plays Serge, with Lawson as Marc and Tompkinson as Yvan.

Nigel Havers long career includes films Chariots of Fire, A Passage to India, Empire of the Sun and The Whistle Blower.

His TV career began with series including The Charmer, Dangerfield, Manchild, and, recently, the hit US series Brothers and Sisters, Lewis Archer in Coronation Street, Benidorm and Lord Hepworth in Downton Abbey.

His numerous theatre work includes The Importance of Being Earnest and Harold Pinter’s Family Voices, both directed by Sir Peter Hall for the National Theatre, Richard II and Man and Superman for the RSC, the hugely successful touring productions of Rebecca and Alan Bennett’s Single Spies.

Denis Lawson is known for his roles as John Jarndyce in the BBC’s adaptation of Bleak House, for which he was nominated for an EMMY award, and as DI Steve McAndrew in BBC1’s hit series New Tricks.

In film, his credits include Gordon Urquhart in Local Hero and Wedge Antilles in the original Star Wars trilogy.

On stage, he won an Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance as Jim Lancaster in Mr Cinders at the Fortune Theatre, and he was nominated for an Olivier for his performance as George in La Cages Aux Folles at the Playhouse Theatre.

Stephen Tompkinson’s television credits include five series of DCI Banks, four series of Trollied, seven series of Wild at Heart, six series of Drop the Dead Donkey (British Comedy Award Winner for Best TV Comedy Actor) and three series of Ballykissangel.

His theatre work includes Spamalot, Rattle of a Simple Man and Arsenic and Old Lace in the West End, Cloaca (Old Vic) and Tartuffe (National Tour).

He is set to appear in Patrick Marber’s locker-room drama, The Red Lion in the West End this November.


February 14 – 24, Cambridge Arts Theatre
February 26 – March 3, Plymouth Theatre Royal
March 5 – 10, Newcastle Theatre Royal
March 12 – 17, Belfast Grand Opera House
March 19 – 24, Dublin Gaiety Theatre
March 26 – 31, Salford Lowry Theatre
April 2 – 7, Leeds Grand Theatre
April 9 – 14, Glasgow Theatre Royal
April 16 – 21, Sheffield Lyceum Theatre
April 23 – 28, Norwich Theatre Royal
April 30 – May 5, Nottingham Theatre Royal
May 7 – 12, Bath Theatre Royal
May 14 – 19, Northampton Royal & Derngate
May 21 – 26, Birmingham Hippodrome
May 28 – June 2, Wales Millennium Centre
June 4 – 9, Canterbury Marlowe Theatre.

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