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Art at The Bear Pit

The cast of Art. Photo by Chris Clarke.

Art, Art by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton. The Bear Pit Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, from 23 – 27 April.


The highly acclaimed play ‘Art’ is coming to The Bear Pit Theatre. This hilarious comedy explores the complexities of friendship and the value of art.

The long term friendship of Serge, Marc and Yvan is shaken to the core when Serge buys an expensive contemporary painting without discussing it with the other two men. Marc reacts viciously to what he considers to be an incomprehensible action by his old friend while Yvan trying to be the peacemaker, falls foul of both men, and all three outwardly mature, cultured men degenerate into scrapping boys, chucking insults and fists at each other.

Yasmina Reza thought she’d written a tragedy yet Art has won comedy awards. This deceptively simple play asks big questions. What is art – or “Art”?  Are we who we think we are, or are we who others think we are?  Can we still be friends if we hold radically different views, or if we grow in different directions?  

From laugh out loud funny to excruciating grimaces and the odd tear, the power struggle is intense and the outcome – well, wait and see and talk about it afterwards.

Yasmina Reza's ‘Art’ has enjoyed success around the world, winning the prestigious Tony Award for Best Play in 1998. Translated by Christopher Hampton, the play has also been performed by a roster of renowned actors, including Alan Alda, Albert Finney, Jack Dee, Nigel Havers, Richard Griffiths, Roger Lloyd Pack...

And The Bear Pit's production boasts an equally talented cast - including Christopher Dobson, whom you might recognise from The Cherry Orchard and SMTC's Calendar Girls; Roger Ganner, who graced the stages in the Norman Conquests and Neville's Island; and Richard Sandle-Keynes, most recently seen in Humble Boy and James and the Giant Peach.

Under the direction of Lynda Lewis, ‘Art’ promises to be a night of entertainment you won't forget.

Don't miss your chance to see this award-winning comedy!


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