Hogarth's Progress: Double Bill


  • Main Auditorium
  • Sat 29 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

Hogarth's Progress is a riotous double bill of comedies by BAFTA Award-winning playwright Nick Dear. Following one of Britain’s most 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 first play in the double bill is Olivier Award-nominated The Art of Success in its first major revival, focusing on Hogarth’s rise to fame. It is followed by the world premiere of sequel The Taste of the Town, with Hogarth as a successful yet controversial artist some 30 years later.

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 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. Return to the main Hogarth's Progress page here

Customers seeing both plays on the same day at a weekend 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.

Access Performances

Audio Description: Sat 13 Oct, 2.30pm & 7.30pm

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