Hogarth's Progress: The Art Of Success


  • Main Auditorium
  • Thu 13 Sep - Fri 19 Oct
  • The Art of Success is the first play in Hogarth's Progress Double Bill
    Written by Nick Dear | Directed by Anthony Banks

'Abounds in wit and vitality... a very funny play' The Guardian
'Good, dirty, thought-provoking fun' The Telegraph

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.

Performed originally by the Royal Shakespeare Company, the play 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.

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 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.

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