Hogarth's Progress: The Taste Of The Town


  • Main Auditorium
  • Fri 21 Sep - Sun 21 Oct
  • The Taste of the Town is the second 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

★★★★ '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

A world premiere, The Taste of the Town is the second play in the Hogarth's Progress double bill and stars Keith Allen as the older William Hogarth.

30 years have passed since the events of the first play, The Art of Success, and the Hogarths are now settled in Chiswick. Hugely successful for his satirical depictions of greedy upper classes, drunken reprobates and wanton harlots, William Hogarth and his wife Jane are still at odds with the world and with each other. Facing public ridicule for what he considers his finest painting, William sets out to confront his fiercest critic and defend his reputation, but there’s always time for one more pint on 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 Taste of the Town can be enjoyed as a standalone performance or together with the first play in the double bill, The Art of Success, 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.