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Casting announced for Yasmina Reza’s Art – UK and IRELAND TOUR

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

David Pugh & Dafydd Rogers will produce the 2018 UK & Ireland Tour of the Old Vic production of Yasmina Reza’s Olivier, Tony and Moliere award-winning comedy ART, translated by Christopher Hampton. The production will star Nigel Havers, Denis Lawson and Stephen Tompkinson as Serge, Marc and Ivan respectively. The tour will open at the Arts Theatre, Cambridge on 14th February 2018.

David Pugh said, “It is twenty years since Dafydd [Rogers] 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!

Nigel Havers’s films include Chariots of Fire, A Passage to India, Empire of the Sun and The Whistle Blower. He has starred in many television productions, including The Charmer, Dangerfield, Manchild, and, more 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 notable credits include the roles of Gordon Urquhart in the film 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 Lancastar 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.

2018 TOUR SCHEDULE
14 – 24 February Cambridge Arts Theatre 01223 503333
www.cambridgeartstheatre.com

25 February – 3 March Plymouth Theatre Royal 01752 267222
www.theatreroyal.com

5 – 10 March Newcastle Theatre Royal 0844 811 2121
www.theatreroyal.co.uk

12 – 17 March Belfast Grand Opera House 028 9024 1919
www.goh.org.uk

19 – 24 March Dublin Gaiety Theatre  0818 719388
www.gaietytheatre.ie

26 – 31 March Salford Lowry Theatre 0843 208 6000
www.thelowry.com

2 – 7 April Leeds Grand Theatre 0844 848 2700
www.leedsgrandtheatre.com

9 – 14 April Glasgow Theatre Royal 0844 871 7677
www.glasgowtheatreroyal.org.uk

16 – 21 April Sheffield Lyceum Theatre 0114 249 6000
www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk

23 – 28 April Norwich Theatre Royal 01603 63 00 00
www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk

30 April – 5 May Nottingham Theatre Royal 0115 989 555
www.trch.co.uk

7 – 12 May Bath Theatre Royal 01225 448844
www.theatreroyal.org.uk

14 – 19 May Northampton Royal & Derngate 01604 624811
www.royalandderngate.co.uk

21 – 26 May Birmingham Hippodrome 0844 338 5000
www.birminghamhippodrome.com

28 May – 2 June Wales Millennium Centre 029 2063 6464
www.wmc.org.uk

4 – 9 June Canterbury Marlowe Theatre 01227 8787787
www.themarlowetheatre.com

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