Bryan Dick (The Art of Success) and Keith Allen (The Taste of the Town) to star as the younger and older William Hogarth in this riotous double bill of plays by BAFTA Award winner Nick Dear, directed by former National Theatre Associate Director Anthony Banks. They are joined on stage by Ruby Bentall, Emma Cunniffe, Ben Deery, Jack Derges, Ian Hallard, Susannah Harker, Jasmine Jones, Sylvestra Le Touzeland Mark Umbers.
Following one of Britain’s most celebrated artists on two monumental pub crawls, Hogarth's Progress explores the extraordinary lives of William and Jane Hogarth at a time when culture escaped from the grasp of the powerful into the hands of the many.
The Olivier Award nominated comedy The Art of Success, in its first major revival, compresses the newlywed William’s rise to fame into a dizzying and hilarious night out through 18th century London’s high society and debauched underworld.
A world premiere, The Taste of the Town catches up with the Hogarths in Chiswick some 30 years later. Now hugely successful, William and Jane are still at odds with the world and with each other. Facing public ridicule for what he considers his finest painting, William sets out to confront his fiercest critic, but there’s always time for one more pint on the way.
Nick Dear’s previous work includes the smash hit adaptation of Frankenstein (National Theatre) directed by Danny Boyle. Anthony Banks was an Associate Director at the National Theatre for a decade.
Each play can be seen as a single performance or enjoyed together, either over different days or as a thrilling all-day theatrical experience.