Hogarth's Progress


Thu 13 Sep - Sun 21 Oct

World Premiere
A Double Bill by Nick Dear | Directed by Anthony Banks

'A dark and crackling play about sex, society and art' The Observer on The Art of Success
'A highly imaginative comedy that makes Hogarth the Warhol of the 18th century' The New York Times on The Art of Success

Bryan Dick (The Art of Success) and Keith Allen (The Taste of the Town) star as the younger and older William Hogarth in Hogarth's Progress: a riotous double bill of plays, written by BAFTA Award-winning playwright Nick Dear and directed by former National Theatre Associate Director Anthony Banks. 

Following one of Britain’s most irreverent and celebrated artists on two monumental pub crawls, the plays explore the extraordinary lives of William Hogarth and his wife Jane 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. Bryan Dick and Keith Allen are joined on stage by Ruby Bentall, Emma Cunniffe, Ben Deery, Jack Derges, Ian Hallard, Susannah Harker, Jasmine Jones, Sylvestra Le Touzel and Mark Umbers. See full cast and creative here

Each play can be enjoyed as a standalone performance or together, either over different days or both in one day. Save £20 when you book both plays in the same transaction (top three price bands only).

View the full schedule of performances here

Catch a glimpse of rehearsals in our behind-the-scenes photo gallery here

Age recommendation: 14+ (at parental discretion). Contains swearing and scenes of a sexual nature at points.

Special Events

Join us for a series of talks about Hogarth's art, his world and his legacy. Browse the talks here

Photos: Jason Bell

Hogarth's Progress: The Art Of Success

Hogarth's Progress: The Art Of Success

Hogarth's Progress: The Art Of Success

Thu 13 Sep - Fri 19 Oct
Hogarth's Progress: The Taste Of The Town

Hogarth's Progress: The Taste Of The Town

Hogarth's Progress: The Taste Of The Town

Fri 21 Sep - Thu 18 Oct
Hogarth's Progress: Double Bill

Hogarth's Progress: Double Bill

Hogarth's Progress: Double Bill

Sat 29 Sep - Sun 21 Oct