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.

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.