Trio of top actors star in award-winning comedy ART in Aberdeen

Stephen Tompkinson, Nigel Havers and Denis Lawson will star in ART at His Majesty's Theatre in March.  (Photo: Matt Crockett)
Stephen Tompkinson, Nigel Havers and Denis Lawson will star in ART at His Majesty's Theatre in March. (Photo: Matt Crockett)

After breaking box office records in 2018, David Pugh and Dafydd Rogers will produce the 2019 UK tour of the Old Vic production of Yasmina Reza’s Olivier, Tony and Moliere award-winning comedy ART, translated by Christopher Hampton.

The production will star Nigel Havers, Denis Lawson and Stephen Tompkinson as Serge, Marc and Ivan respectively, and Aberdeen audiences can see the show at His Majesty’s Theatre from March 25-30.

Aberdeen Performing Arts director of programming and creative projects, Ben Torrie, said: “With its array of awards and accolades, this production speaks for itself.

“Add to that the outstanding talent of the cast of Nigel, Denis and Stephen, and this makes for an unmissable show for drama and comedy fans.”

David Pugh commented: “It is 20 years since Dafydd [Rogers] and I first produced the comedy masterpiece ART in the West End, and the original post-London tour played for 78 weeks.

“This time, we want to break our own record; in fact, we want to play as many theatres as Sir Ken Dodd has played in his wonderful career, and with this marvellous cast, we think we have every chance!”

Nigel Havers’ films include Chariots of Fire, A Passage to India, Empire of the Sun and The Whistle Blower.

He has starred in many television productions, including The Charmer, Dangerfield, Manchild, and, more recently, the hit US series Brothers and Sisters, Lewis Archer in Coronation Street, Benidorm and Lord Hepworth in Downton Abbey.

His theatre work includes The Importance of Being Earnest and Harold Pinter’s Family Voices, both directed by Sir Peter Hall for the National Theatre, Richard II and Man and Superman for the RSC, the hugely successful touring productions of Rebecca and Alan Bennett’s Single Spies.

Denis Lawson is known for his roles as John Jarndyce in the BBC’s adaptation of Bleak House, for which he was nominated for both a BAFTA and an EMMY award, and as DI Steve McAndrew in BBC1’s hit series New Tricks.

In film, his notable credits include the roles of Gordon Urquhart in the film Local Hero and Wedge Antilles in the original Star Wars trilogy.

On stage, he won an Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance as Jim Lancastar in Mr Cinders at the Fortune Theatre, and he was nominated for an Olivier for his performance as George in La Cages Aux Folles at the Playhouse Theatre.

Stephen Tompkinson’s television credits include BBC’s The Split, five series of DCI Banks, four series of Trollied, seven series of Wild at Heart, six series of Drop the Dead Donkey (British Comedy Award Winner for Best TV Comedy Actor) and three series of Ballykissangel.

His films include Phil in Brassed Off.

And his theatre work includes Spamalot, Rattle of a Simple Man and Arsenic and Old Lace in the West End, Cloaca and A Christmas Carol (Old Vic) and Tartuffe (National Tour).Based on the original production by Matthew Warchus, ART will be directed by Ellie Jones.

Tickets are on sale and available from Aberdeen Performing Arts or you can call (01224) 641122 or visit the box office at HMT, the Music Hall and The Lemon Tree.