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Art – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Yasmina Reza Translated by: Christopher Hampton Director: Ellie Jones Reviewer:  Tom Ralphs Some plays belong to either a particular place or a particular time and don’t manage to travel well. Art clearly isn’t one of those plays. Almost 25 years since it first opened in Paris, it retains a contemporary feel and still seems as if it could be set ...

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Art – East Riding Theatre, Beverley

Writer: Yazmina Reza Translator: Christopher Hampton Director: Martin Hutson Composer: Chris Warner Set Designer: Ed Ullyart Reviewer: Ron Simpson Art is one of the more remarkable theatrical success stories of the past quarter-century. Originally staged in Paris in 1994, it transferred to the West End in Christopher Hampton’s translation two years later, ran for eight years and has never lacked ...

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Tartuffe – Theatre Royal Haymarket, London

Writer: Molière Adaptor: Christopher Hampton Director: Gérald Garutti Reviewer: Stephen Bates Even if Brexit is unstoppable, the Entente Cordiale looks set to live on, exemplified by this production of a Molière play, written in 1664, adapted by an Englishman, directed by a Frenchman, performed by French and British actors and spoken in both French and English in roughly even measures. ...

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Art – Birmingham Hippodrome

Writer: Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton Director: Ellie Jones Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Serge, Marc and Yvan are three Parisian men, friends for many years. Serge, according to Marc’s introduction, is ‘REALLY KEEN on art.’ Indeed, Serge is keen on anything modern and new; Marc, on the other hand, sees himself as rather more down-to-earth. Yvan is in crisis with an impending ...

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Art – Theatre Royal, Nottingham

Writer: Yasmin Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton Director: Ellie Jones Reviewer: James Garrington Serge has bought a painting. It’s white. On the white background are some diagonal lines – and they’re white too. It’s by a trendy artist and it was very expensive. His friends, Marc and Yvan, are not impressed – but should they tell him what they think, and ...

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Sunset Boulevard – Lyceum, Sheffield

Book and Lyrics: Don Black and Christopher Hampton Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Jim Gillespie Sunset Boulevard has been around for an astonishing length of time. The original Billy Wilder film was made in the early 1950s, and versions of Lloyd Webber’s musical have been in production since the early 1990s, with mixed success. Nevertheless, like the ...

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Art – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Writer: Yazmina Reza Translator: Christopher Hampton Music: Gary Yershon Director: Ellie Jones Reviewer: Janet Jepson Art always gives the appearance of being a quintessentially middle-class English drama, performed by traditional middle-aged actors on a contemporary set. However, it is somewhat surprising to learn that the work was originally written in French by Yasmina Reza, a Russian/Iranian/Hungarian/Jewish playwright from Paris. Translator ...

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Art – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Writer: Yasmina Reza Translator: Christopher Hampton Original Director: Matthew Warchus Director: Ellie Jones Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys An almost universal hit on its debut in the 90s, French playwright Yasmina Reza’s Tony, Olivier and Moliere Award-winning Art, has embarked on a multi date revival tour of the U.K. Serge (Nigel Havers), a divorced dermatologist, Marc (Denis Lawson) an engineer and Yvan ...

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