Hogarth's Progress: The Art Of Success Tickets

Rose Theatre Kingston 24-26 High Street, Kingston, London, KT1 1HL
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Hogarth's Progress: The Art Of Success Child Policy

Age recommendation: 14+ (at parental discretion). Contains some swearing and sexual references at points.
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World Premiere

The Art of Success is the first play in Hogarth's Progress | Written by Nick Dear | Directed by Anthony Banks

A highly imaginative comedy that makes Hogarth the Warhol of the 18th century' New York Times on The Art of Success

Set in an imagined version of eighteenth century London, Hogarth’s Progress is a riotous double bill of plays following one of Britain’s most celebrated artists on two spectacularly wild days and nights – one at the beginning of his career and one at the end.

The plays explore the extraordinary life of William Hogarth and the commercialisation of art in a time that saw British culture spring from the drawing rooms of the wealthy into ordinary houses across the country. Filled with political satire, boisterous romps and sleazy characters, Hogarth’s Progress promises to be an extraordinary theatrical event not to be missed.

The double bill begins with the first major revival of The Art of Success, which was first performed by the RSC in 1986 before transferring to the Barbican and New York. Compressing the artist’s ascent to fame into a single, action-filled night, Dear follows a larger-than-life Hogarth as he mingles with famous playwrights and artists, royalty and prostitutes, prime ministers and murderesses creating an exceedingly imaginative, thoroughly scurrilous, but nonetheless highly entertaining portrait of a world on the brink of transformation. The second play, The Taste of the Town, catches up with Hogarth 30 years later, finding him now hugely successful, yet still at odds with the world and with himself. Old and tired he may be, but there’s always time for one more fight.

Each play can be seen as a single performance or enjoyed together, either over different days or as a thrilling all-day theatrical experience. Early bird offer: save £20 when booking for both plays at the same time.

Hogarth's Progress: The Art Of Success Child Policy

Age recommendation: 14+ (at parental discretion). Contains some swearing and sexual references at points.

Important information

Booking Until
Wed, 17 October 2018

Hogarth's Progress: The Art Of Success Cast

Keith Allen
Ruby Bentall
Emma Cunniffe
Ben Deery
Jack Derges
Bryan Dick
Ian Hallard
Susannah Harker
Jasmine Jones
Sylvestra Le Touzel
Mark Umbers

Creative Team

Nick Dear

Anthony Banks

Set & Costume Designer
Andrew D Edwards

Video & Projection Designer
Douglas OConnell

Lighting Designer
James Whiteside

Olly Fox

Sound Designer
Max Pappenheim

Casting Director
Stuart Burt CDG

Fight Directors
Rachel Bown Williams & Ruth Cooper Brown of RC-ANNIE Ltd

Assistant Director
Ally Manson

Hogarth's Progress: The Art Of Success Critics & Reviews

'Abounds in wit and vitality... a very funny play' The Guardian

'Good, dirty, thought-provoking fun' The Telegraph

***** 'A wonderful double bill which brings us as close to eighteenth-century London as we are ever likely to get.' LondonTheatre1

**** 'Dazzling... an intriguing insight into the true nature of Hogarth's genius' The Guardian

**** 'Tender, playful, witty and touching… a winning portrait of the artist as, first, a young pup and then, even better, as an old dog' The Times

**** 'Incredibly funny... a fascinating double bill' Broadway World

**** 'Sharply written, both plays complement each other well to offer a portrait of a man who rarely seemed comfortable with his skills as an artist.' LoveLondonLoveCulture
Venue Info

Rose Theatre Kingston

24-26 High Street, Kingston, London, KT1 1HL


Rose Theatre Kingston

Address: 24-26 High St, Kingston upon Thames KT1 1HL, UK
Capacity: 899
Opened: January 16, 2008

Founded by Sir Peter Hall, and modelled on the original Elizabethan Rose Theatre on London’s Bankside, Rose Theatre Kingston is the largest producing theatre in South West London.

Since opening in 2008, the Rose has collaborated with a range of directors, playwrights and producing partners to create vibrant, engaging and inspiring productions. Recent works include: Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Simon Dormandy, starring Mel Giedroyc and John Hopkins; the first stage adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend, directed by Melly Still, starring Niamh Cusack and Catherine McCormack; Zach Helm’s Good Canary, directed by John Malkovich, John Barton and Peter Hall’s Shakespeare adaptation The Wars of the Roses directed by Trevor Nunn. Upcoming productions include world première of Nick Dear’s double bill Hogarth’s Progress and a major revival of Friedrich Schiller’s Don Carlos starring Tom Burke.

With over 150,000 visitors a year, the Rose enjoys artistic and critical acclaim from its own productions and co-productions as well as from hosting the work of renowned theatre companies including Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare’s Globe, English Touring Theatre, Peter Brook, Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, Propeller and West Yorkshire Playhouse. With an auditorium that lends itself to both intimate and epic scale productions, the Rose has established itself as one of the most exciting theatres in the UK.


Rose Theatre Kingston is a fully accessible and inclusive organisation; we welcome all members of the community.

I've loved working at the Rose in three productions now, and I've been particularly impressed by their excellent efforts at ensuring no one is excluded from enjoying all this beautiful theatre has to offer.' Jane Asher, President National Autistic Society; Arthritis Care; Parkinson's UK.

The Rose has:

* 10 wheelchair spaces in the auditorium (stalls and circle). If you have any specific seating requirements, require a wheelchair space please contact our Box Office
* Accessible toilets on every floor with baby change facilities available in both the male and female toilets on the ground floor
* Level access into the building and The Rose Café
* An infrared hearing system in the auditorium with two types of Sennheiser receivers. Stethoset headsets can be used without hearing aids and personal neck loops can be used by those with hearing aids set to the T switch. There are areas of the auditorium with better reception than others and so we advise discussing this with Box Office at the time of booking. All headsets are available to hire from the cloakroom with a returnable £5 deposit.
* Lift access to all floors
* Low counters at the Box Office
* Automatic doors to gain entrance into the building.

Blue Badge parking is available in the High Street and the Rose Car Park. The nearest parking is the Rose Car Park which is open until midnight, the entrance to which is on East Lane (KT1 2NN).

Please let us know in advance if you are bringing a guide dog, so that we can arrange a water bowl and dog-sitter during the performance if required.

The Rose has achieved the first level Bronze Award of the ‘Access is Everything’ scheme for commitment to access within the venue, and we will be working towards the silver and gold levels.

Across our season of productions, we offer a wide range of accessible performances to ensure an enjoyable experience for all customers including Audio Described and Sign Language Interpreted Performances. Additionally, we often offer Touch Tours of the set preceding the performances for Visually Impaired customers. Please see below for an up-to-date list.

On selected productions, we offer Relaxed Performances – open to everyone and specifically adapted for people with learning disabilities and other sensory and communication needs.

By Train

Kingston Station: South West Trains, 28mins from Waterloo, then 10mins stroll through Kingston town centre to the theatre (directions available from walkit.com).

Surbiton Station: South West Trains, 16mins from Waterloo, then 10mins bus ride (465, 281, 71, K2, K3 from outside Waitrose, bus stop NC) or a short taxi ride to the theatre. Our area is serviced by hybrid car company Green Tomato Cars, who aim to reduce their environmental impact.

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By Bus

The following routes serve the town centre: K1, K2, K3, K4, K5, X26, 57, 65, 71, 85, 111, 131, 213, 216, 281, 285, 371, 406, 411, 418, 465, 481. For detailed bus information for Kingston visit TFL Buses or Kingston Bus Route Map.

Please note travel information is subject to change. Please check with the service provider before you travel.

By Foot

We are opposite the Guildhall and the Police Station, a one-minute walk from Kingston's Marketplace. For the best walking directions, visit walkit.com.

By Car

The nearest parking is the Rose Car Park, the entrance to which is on East Lane (KT1 2NN). As the Rose is a new building and not yet recognised by older Satnav systems, those not wishing to park should using the following postcode: KT1 1LB (Kingston Police Station).

If you park after 5.30pm and attend an evening performance, we can offer a reduced parking fee of £2. Please present your entry ticket at the Box Office before 7pm. We will charge the discounted fee and issue an exit ticket. Car park tickets presented to Rose Theatre staff after this time may not be accepted and full car park fees will be applicable.

Please note: the reduced parking offer is only valid on shows where tickets have been sold through the Rose Theatre Box Office.


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