‘Art’ by Yasmina Reza

Translation by Christopher Hampton

Cast: Jeremy McCowatt (Marc), Ravi Rege (Yvan), David Viita (Serge)

Director: Isabelle Rege

Painter and Artistic Adviser: Eva Müller

Lights: Helena Neumaier

Photo credit: Stefanie Eck

Producers: Entity Theatre and East & West Encounter (EWE)

Performance dates: 22-25 March & 29 March-1 April (all shows start at 20:00)

Venue: “Theater… und so fort”, 2 Hinterbärenbadstraβe, 81373 München

Reservation link: https://www.undsofort.de/stueck/art,1603


“Marc: My friend Serge has bought a painting. It’s a canvas about five foot by four: white. The background is white and if you screw up your eyes, you can make out some fine diagonal lines.

     Serge is one of my oldest friends…”

Marc feels distressed when he discovers that his friend Serge has spent a ludicrous amount of money to buy a painting that is entirely white! Yvan, their mutual friend, struggles to fix the dispute that has suddenly erupted between Marc and Serge. A bitter conflict ensues and their friendship may be at stake…

‘Art’ is a play about friendship, and more specifically what it takes to keep a true friendship alive over time. 

The play: ‘Art’ is a phenomenon and one of the most successful plays ever. It was originally written in French and premiered in Paris in 1994; it was then translated into English, taking both the West End and Broadway by storm after a London opening in 1996 and a New York opening in 1998; it won Molière Awards for best author and best play, the British Laurence Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for best comedy, and a Tony Award for best play. It is now considered to be a modern classic, having been translated in 40 languages and performed all over the world.

Playwright: Yasmina Reza is a French playwright, actress and novelist best known for her internationally acclaimed and prestigious award-winning plays ‘Art’ and God of Carnage.

Translator: Sir Christopher James Hampton is a British playwright, screenwriter and translator best known for his award-winning screenplay adaptations of Les Liaisons Dangereuses (his own play based on the novel of the same name) and The Father (a play written by Florian Zeller).

Photo gallery:

‘Art’ – it’s in the eye of the beholder
From left to right: Jeremy McCowatt (Marc), David Viita (Serge), Ravi Rege (Yvan)
Serge is a man of his time
David Viita (Serge)
Marc’s taste in art is conservative
Jeremy McCowatt (Marc)
Yvan couldn’t care less about art
Ravi Rege (Yvan)
Yasmina Reza, the playwright
All-white paintings emotionally trigger people…
Will Marc’s, Serge’s and Yvan’s lifelong friendship survive?
Can love of art and love of one’s friends exist together?
Can love of art and love of one’s friends exist together?
From left to right: Ravi Rege (Yvan), David Viita (Serge)
From left to right: Jeremy McCowatt (Marc), Ravi Rege (Yvan), David Viita (Serge)