Following one of Britain’s most irreverent and celebrated artists on two monumental pub crawls, the plays explore the extraordinary lives of William Hogarth and his wife Jane at a time when culture escaped from the grasp of the powerful into the hands of the many.
The Olivier Award-nominated comedy ‘The Art of Success’ in its first major revival, compresses the newlywed William’s rise to fame into a dizzying and hilarious night out through 18th-century London’s high society and debauched underworld.
A world premiere, ‘The Taste of the Town’ catches up with the Hogarths in Chiswick some 30 years later. Now hugely successful, William – played by Keith Allen – and Jane are still at odds with the world and with each other. Facing public ridicule for what he considers his finest painting, William sets out to confront his fiercest critic, but there’s always time for one more pint on the way…
Don’t miss Earache’s fantastic team of Keith Allen and Emma Cunniffe in “Hogarth’s Progress” at the Rose Theatre Kingston.
Until 21st October.