Award-winning comedy “Art” heads to Royal & Derngate

Yasmina Reza’s multi-award-winning comedy Art tours to Northampton’s Royal & Derngate, from Monday 14 to Saturday 19 May, starring Nigel Havers, Denis Lawson and Stephen Tompkinson.


Originally opening in 1996, Art took the West End and Broadway by storm, winning every major theatre award, including Olivier, Tony and Moliere awards.

When Serge spends an extortionate amount of money on an all-white modernist painting, his close friends Marc and Yvan are baffled. But do their violent reactions to this provocative canvas mirror more dangerous antagonisms towards each other?

ART – Nigel Havers, Denis Lawson & Stephen Tompkinson, credit Jon Swannell

Nigel Havers stars as Serge and is well known for his roles in Coronation Street, Benidorm and Downton Abbey. His extensive theatre work includes The Importance of Being Earnest and Harold Pinter’s Family Voices, both directed by Sir Peter Hall for the National Theatre.

Denis Lawson, who plays Marc, is known for TV roles such as DI Steve McAndrew in BBC1’s hit series New Tricks. In film, his notable credits include the roles of Gordon Urquhart in the film Local Hero. On stage, he won an Olivier for his performance in Mr Cinders was Olivier-nominated for La Cages Aux Folles.

Playing Yvan, Stephen Tompkinson’s screen credits include the TV series DCI Banks, Trollied, Wild at Heart, Drop the Dead Donkey and Ballykissangel, and the film Brassed Off. His theatre work includes Spamalot, Rattle of a Simple Man and Arsenic and Old Lace in the West End.


Art takes to the Derngate stage from Monday 14 to Saturday 19 May, at 7.30pm with matinees at 2.30pm on Wednesday and Saturday. Tickets – priced from £13 to £35.50* – can be booked by calling Box Office on 01604 624811 or online at www.royalandderngate.co.uk. Run time: 1h 25mins (no interval)

* A charge of £3 applies for all transactions £15 and over. Does not apply to Groups, Friends or Disabled Patrons, and is per-transaction, not per-ticket.

David Pugh and Dafydd Rogers present this Old Vic production of Yasmina Reza’s Art, translated by Christoper Hampton, and directed by Ellie Jones, based on Matthew Warchus’ original Old Vic production.