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Stephen Tompkinson, Nigel Havers and Denis Lawson in Art. Credit: Matt Crockett

“Charmer” Nigel Havers in stellar cast to take to Marlowe stage

The play Art starring Nigel Havers, Stephen Tompkinson and Denis Lawson comes to Canterbury’s Marlowe Theatre next month.

Yasmin Reza’s 1996 West End hit is a study of friendship, prejudice and tolerance and has become one of the most successful plays ever.

It won awards on both sides of the Atlantic and was a huge success on Broadway.

Art stars Nigel Havers, who played the eponymous Charmer in the 1987 tv series as well appearing in films such as A Passage to India and Chariots of Fire.

He plays Serge who spends an astonishing amount of money on an all-white modernist painting.

Denis Lawson as Wedge Antilles

His friends Marc and Yvan are baffled.

The action centres on their reactions to Serge’s purchase, threatening to provoke  dangerous antagonisms toward one another.

Playing Marc is Denis Lawson who has also had a stellar career, appearing in everything from the original Star Wars trilogy as fighter pilot Wedge Antilles to the long-running series New Tricks.

He has also appeared as John Jarndyce in the BBC’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Bleak House.

Completing the trio is Stephen Tompkinson.

He first came to public prominence as reporter Damien Day in Channel 4 sitcom Drop The Dead Donkey, and has gone on to become one of our most popular actors on our television screens, starring in TV series including Ballykissangel and DCI Banks.

He also appeared in the much-loved British film Brassed Off.

Art runs at the Marlowe Theatre from Tuesday 5 June to Saturday, June 9. Evening performances are at 7.30pm with afternoon matinees on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday at 2.30pm.

Tickets are priced between £22.75 and £43.75 with concessions available. They can be purchased from the Box Office on 01227 787787 or via the Marlowe Theatre website.

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