Rufus Sewell brushes up for Art revival at The Old Vic


Rufus Sewell returns to the stage along with Tim Key and Paul Ritter in a revival of Yasima Reza’s Art at the Old Vic.

Director Matthew Warchus reunites the original creative team for the production which moves into the Old Vic for a season running from December 10.

Yasmina Reza’s dazzling study of friendship, prejudice, tolerance – and a white painting – was one of the most acclaimed plays of the 1990s. Art premiered in London 20 years ago and went on to become a phenomenon.

Rufus Sewell plays Serge. On stage, Rufus most recently played Larry in David Leveaux’s production of Closer at The Donmar Warehouse.

His other work includes Old Times (Harold Pinter Theatre); Rock N’ Roll (Royal Court, Duke of York’s and Bernard Jacobsen Theatre; Macbeth (Queen’s Theatre); Rat in the Skull (Royal Court at the Duke of York’s); Translations (Plymouth Theatre, New York); Making It Better (Hampstead Theatre and Criterion) and Arcadia (National Theatre–Olivier Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor).

He is currently breaking hearts as Lord Melbourne in the ITV drama, Victoria, and he is filming the second series of the Amazon drama, The Man in the High Castle.

Rufus’s other screen work includes the feature films Gods of Egypt, Hercules, The Sea, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, The Holiday, Amazing Grace, The Illusionist and A Knight’s Tale.

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Television includes Killing Jesus, Restless, Parade’s End, Zen, Pillars of the Earth, 11th Hour, John Adams, Taming of the Shrew, Charles II, Middlemarch and Cold Comfort Farm.

Comic and poet Tim Key plays Yvan. Tim won the Edinburgh Comedy Award in 2009 for his weird and wonderful poetry/stand-up fusion. He has since had three books of his work published and made three series of his BBC Radio 4 show, Tim Key’s Late Night Poetry Programme.

He has also written and performed in the sketch show, Cowards, on BBC Radio 4 and BBC 4 (TV). On television he plays Sidekick Simon in Alan Partridge’s Midmorning Matters and momentarily moved into Mark and Jeremy’s flat in the final series of Channel 4’s Peep Show.

On stage he has performed in Daniel Kitson’s two-hander, Tree, at The Old Vic. Tim has recently finished filming E4’s new globetrotting comedy drama, Foreign Bodies, written by his regular collaborator Tom Basden.

Paul Ritter plays Marc. His theatre credits include John Major in The Audience, opposite Helen Mirren, (Gielgud Theatre); The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time; The Hothouse and Coram Boy for which he received an Olivier Award nomination for playing Otis Gardiner (National Theatre).

His film work includes Suite Francaise, Complicit, The Eagle, The Other Man, Quantam of Solace, Nowhere Boy, The Nine Lives of Tomas Katz and The Libertine. Paul also starred in Love You More, directed by Sam Taylor-Wood, which won Best British Short film at the British Independent Film Awards.

Paul’s television credits include Friday Night Dinner; We’re Doomed! The Dad’s Army Story; Mapp & Lucia; The Game; The Bletchley Circle; Great Expectations; Pulling and Channel 4’s No Offence, for which he’s currently filming the second series.

Yasmina Reza’s plays have been adapted in over 35 languages and performed throughout the world. Her plays Art and God of Carnage won both the Olivier and Tony Awards, and the latter was adapted for film by Roman Polanski as Carnage (2011, César for Best Scenario).

Art runs at the Old Vic from December 10-February 18.

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