by Dave Massey twitter.com/brumhour
ART at Birmingham Hippodrome
When everyone tells you that a play or musical is great, you might get a little suspicious that it might just be all talk. I’d heard this about ART which is at Birmingham Hippodrome until Saturday 26th May. Thankfully its a fun 90 minutes just three actors on stage, (without interval).
Nigel Havers is Serge, Denis Lawson is Marc and Stephen Tompkinson is Yvan, three friends who have known each other for many years. The plot is VERY simple. Serge buys a painting and Marc thinks he’s wasted his money. And that’s it. However, this is a play full of warm, funny and relatable moments.
Written by Yasmina Reza in french and first performed in Paris in 1994 this English version is translated by Christopher Hampton was first performed in London in 1996. Nigel Havers and Stephen Tompkinson first performed their roles over 20 years ago and its very easy to see why they love the play.
The stage is a single set with three walls, three chairs and a table, Plus changing art works on the wall and of course the ART of the title.
It’s the actors you are here to see, larger than life and twice as expressive. I found myself agreeing with lots of the themes brought out from the production, getting older, how friendships changes over time, feeling like you are going through the motions in life.
I couldn’t help thinking that the characters are just all quite hangry (hungry and angry) as they sit waiting for dinner eating from a small plate of nibbles.
Stephen Tompkinson’s monologue lasts for a good few minutes and drew a huge round of applause from the audience.
This 90 minutes sped on by and we were out of the theatre just after 9pm!
Check out ART at Birmingham Hippodrome until Saturday 26th May. Book tickets here: birminghamhippodrome.com/calendar/art/
This isn’t a sponsored post. #BrumHour was invited to see ART by Birmingham Hippodrome.