Thu 13 Sep - Sun 21 Oct
A Double Bill by Nick Dear | Directed by Anthony Banks
We are thrilled to present Hogarth’s Progress, a riotous double bill of plays following one of Britain’s most celebrated artists on two spectacularly wild days and nights – one at the beginning of his career and one at the end.
The plays explore the extraordinary life of William Hogarth and the mass commercialisation of art in a time that saw British culture spring from the drawing rooms of the wealthy into ordinary homes across the country. Filled with political satire, boisterous romps and sleazy characters, Hogarth’s Progress promises to be an extraordinary theatrical event not to be missed.
The double bill begins with the first major revival of Olivier Award nominated comedy, The Art of Success, first performed by the RSC in 1986 before transferring to the Barbican and New York. Compressing the artist’s ascent to fame into a single, action-filled night, Dear follows a larger-than-life Hogarth as he mingles with famous playwrights and artists, royalty and prostitutes, prime ministers and murderesses creating an exceedingly imaginative, thoroughly scurrilous, but nonetheless highly entertaining portrait of a world on the brink of transformation. The second play, The Taste of the Town, catches up with Hogarth 30 years later, finding him now hugely successful, yet still at odds with the world and with himself. Old and tired he may be, but there’s always time for one more fight.
BAFTA winning writer Nick Dear's previous work includes his smash hit adaptation of Frankestein (National Theatre/NT Live) directed by Danny Boyle and starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Johnny Lee Miller. 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. Early bird offer: save £20 when booking for both plays at the same time.*
Customers seeing both plays on the same day will sit in the same seat throughout, with The Art of Success starting at 2.30pm and The Taste of the Town at 7.30pm. Running time for each play is approx two hours plus a 20-min interval.
*Offer ends 30 Apr. Valid on price bands A and B, on all perfs. Max four tickets per customer. Discount will automatically be applied at the checkout. Subject to availability.
Audio Description: Sat 13 Oct, 2.30pm & 7.30pm