Hogarth's Progress: The Art Of Success


  • Main Auditorium
  • Thu 13 Sep - Sun 21 Oct
  • The Art of Success is the first play in Hogarth's Progress Double Bill
    Written by Nick Dear | Directed by Anthony Banks

★★★★★ 'A wonderful double bill which brings us as close to eighteenth-century London as we are ever likely to get.' LondonTheatre1

★★★★ 'Dazzling... an intriguing insight into the true nature of Hogarth's genius' The Guardian

★★★★ 'Tender, playful, witty and touching… a winning portrait of the artist as, first, a young pup and then, even better, as an old dogThe Times

★★★★ 'Incredibly funny... a fascinating double bill' Broadway World

★★★★ 'Sharply written, both plays complement each other well to offer a portrait of a man who rarely seemed comfortable with his skills as an artist.' LoveLondonLoveCulture

Here in its first major revival, the Olivier Award-nominated comedy The Art of Success is the first play in the Hogarth's Progress double bill and stars Bryan Dick as the younger William Hogarth.

Prepare for a heady, raucous nose-dive into 18th-century London's high society and debauched underworld as we follow the young newlywed William, on the rise to fame, on a dizzying and eventful night out and he questions the nature and value of art along the way.

Hogarth’s Progress is a riotous and thought-provoking double bill of plays by BAFTA Award-winning playwright Nick Dear, following one of Britain’s most irreverent and celebrated artists William Hogarth at a time when culture escaped from the grasp of the powerful into the hands of the many.

The Art of Success can be enjoyed as a standalone performance or together with the second play in the double bill, The Taste of the Town, 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.

The running time for each play is approx 2 hours 30 minutes, including an interval.

Age recommendation: 14+ (at parental discretion). Contains some swearing and sexual references at points.