Old Vic Theatre
103 The Cut
London, SE1 8NB
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Opened: 10 Dec 2016
Booking from: 16 Jan 2017
Booking until: 18 Feb 2017
Duration: 90 minutes with no interval

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  • paulfootie 36 reviews 3 helpful votes
    100% total rating Art, 29th December 2016
    I saw this play when it was first in London at Wyndham Theatre so was keen to see it again! The play is excellent and a subtle look at 'brotherhood' relationships and how things change with these and what each can get from it etc all using the purchasing of a painting by one of the three! The cast were excellent and some very funny bits as well as more audience thinking moments!! Brilliant I recommend seeing this play for the cast and the actual play itself. As the ads say: Tim Key (Tree – The Old Vic, Peep Show), Paul Ritter (Friday Night Dinner, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – National Theatre) and Rufus Sewell (ITV’s Victoria, Closer – Donmar Warehouse) star. Director Matthew Warchus reunites the original creative team to revive this award-winning play about friendship, prejudice and tolerance.
    I have sat in this seat previously and hence booked it again as always good value and a good view of the stage! In general The Lilian Baylis Circle is a great place to view from. Rows A - G are standard theatre seats starting on stage left and curving to stage right with seat 32. Rows P are on bench seating (padded seats) but are side on to the stage so actually look to left or right of area as opposed to standard setting which is square on. As said before I usually try and get seat C22 as its excellent. Just off centre meant an excellent view of the stage and all that happened. There is no off setting of rows but the seats in row B are stepped down so that it would mean a very tall or large person would need to be sat there to loose stage view (could happen!!). Seat 23/24 are dead center of the arc too. Further back may mean the the roof may inhibit view slightly but Row C or D is excellent!
  • Funthing29 5"1 female 96 reviews 10 helpful votes
    80% total rating Art, 14th December 2016
    A sharp script with zingy dialogue and strong performances make this highly enjoyable and compelling viewing. I liked the simplicity of the set as well, it allows the viewer to focus entirely on the painting and the actors.
    Sat in Stalls J16
    Perfect seat in every way. I wish I could sit here for every production I watch at the Old Vic! Plentiful legroom, seats are comfortable with decent width arm rests and this is situated spot-on in the stalls, right in the middle of the row and far enough back from the stage to appreciate the complete stage yet close enough to enjoy the actor's facial expressions and nuanced performances.
    J16 Stalls - Old Vic Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Stalls J16
  • amyjackson-mcilwham 5"5 female 9 reviews 0 helpful votes
    80% total rating Art, 14th January 2017
    Good show. High brow comedy with good acting.
    The seat was good - quite central - but there was a pillar that obstructed view on the left side of the stage meaning I had to lean to my right to see the full stage.
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    View from Dress Circle C11
  • gmr 180 male 44 reviews 1 helpful vote
    100% total rating Art, 10th December 2016
    Sat in Stalls G19
    This is a very good seat and justifiably classified as "premium". It's in the front section of the stalls, and almost right in the middle with a near-perfect central view of the stage. It's close enough to see the actors's faces very clearly and all the little details of the stage set. There is plenty of legroom and the seats in the Old Vic Stalls are all very comfy.
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    View from Stalls G19
In The Old Vic you will often get the best views from the central stalls, being well raked, with spacious leg room and no sight restrictions, however these seats will often not come cheap. The ends of Row Q are restricted by a support pillar however and towards the very rear of the Stalls the Dress Circle above does tend to overhang and cut off some of the stage. If you are able to get similar priced seats in the Dress Circle, then it is generally recommended to get these over the Stall alternatives.

The Dress Circle does tend to give good views, however can sometime feel a bit far away from the production, while edge seats can be quite angles to the stage. Seats in the Lilian Baylis Circle can be some of the cheapest tickets available, however be warned that the side rows are very angled on bench style seats.
Old Vic Theatre, London interactive seating plan & seat reviews
Three friends and a painting. It may be a simple premise, but it is the basis of one of the most highly acclaimed plays in recent years.

Art has returned to London for a run at the Old Vic, directed by Matthew Warchus, during his 2016/2017 season as Artistic Director.

Art premiered in London in 1996 and soon became a phenomenon, winning a huge range of awards, including the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, the Moliere Award for Best Commercial Production, the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play, the Tony Award for Best Play and the Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy.

Matthew Warchus reunites the entire original creative team behind the original West End production from twenty years ago, helping Art at the Old Vic to become as brilliant as the original.

Art is a play by Yasmina Reza that was originally written in French and first premiered on 28th October 1994 at Comedie des Champs-Elysees in Paris. This was soon followed by and English-language translation which was adapted by Christopher Hampton in October 1996 and starred three West End greats – Albert Finney, Tom Courtenay and Ken Stott, as well as being produced by David Pugh and Sean Connery.

The original production was met with such acclaim, that it ran for eight years, as well as playing for over a year on Broadway during a 600 performance run and featuring Alan Alda, Victor Garber and Alfred Molina.

Set in Paris, the play follows three long-time friends, Serge, Marc and Yvan. After Serge spends a large sum of money on a piece of modern art, which is essentially a completely white painting, his relationship with Marc come under strain under their different opinions of what constitutes art. With Yvan stuck in the middle of the argument with the problem of his own impending marriage, trying to placate his two friends is his only option, however the friendship of the three is put under great strain.

Tim Key takes the leading role as Yvan. Key is an Edinburgh Comedy Award winner, in recognition of his unique blend of stand up and poetry, but also has seen great success in the world of radio and theatre. Paul Ritter, best known for his roles in The Audience as John Major and Coram Boy as Otis Gardiner, the latter of which was recognised with a nomination at the Olivier Awards, co-stars as Marc. The trio is completed by Rufus Sewell playing Serge. Sewell is a well known face on both stage and screen, best known for his Olivier Award-winning performance in Rock N' roll, as well as having most recently performed in Closer at the Donmar Warehouse, and also currently appearing in the ITV drama Victoria.

With an ingenious script that contains some of the finest writing of recent years, Matthew Warchus’ new production is one of the highlights of his 2016/2017 season at the Old Vic. Performances of Art at the Old Vic began on 10th December 2016 and are set to run until 18th February 2017.
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Fans of Matthew Warchus’ previous work should not miss the chance to see the brilliant British director at the helm of a play at the Old Vic. Known for recently directing Ghost – The Musical and Matilda – The Musical, Warchus also directed the smash hit British film Pride as well as also previously directing the Yasmina Reza play God Of Carnage.

After the recent success of Jessie Eisenberg’s The Spoils in London’s West End, fans of that production may find similarities to the dry humour between friends in Yasmina Reza’s play.