Rose Theatre Kingston presents

The world première of

Hogarth’s Progress

The Art of Success & The Taste of the Town

A double-bill by Nick Dear

Director: Anthony Banks; Set & Costume Designer: Andrew D Edwards

Video and Projection Designer: Douglas O’Connell; Lighting Designer: James Whiteside

Music: Olly Fox; Sound Designer: Max Pappenheim; Casting Director: Stuart Burt

Fight Directors: Rachel Bown-Williams and Ruth Cooper-Brown for Rc-Annie

Movement: Naomi Said

13 September – 21 October 2018


Rose Theatre Kingston today announces the full cast for Nick Dear’s double-bill Hogarth’s Progress.Anthony Banks directs Bryan Dick as the younger William Hogarth in the first major UK revival of Dear’s acclaimed comedy The Art of Success, which follows Hogarth through a bawdy night in 1730 and Keith Allen as the older William Hogarth in the world première of The Taste of the Town which rejoins the now hugely successful artist 30 years later towards the end of his career. Ruby Bentall (Jane Hogarth and Nancy/Mrs Ryott), Emma Cunniffe (Louisa and Mrs Colquhoun/Mrs Bascombe), Ben Deery (Frank and Zachariah Blunt), Jack Derges (Henry Fielding and Parson Venables), Ian Hallard (Oliver and Horace Walpole), Susannah Harker (Queen Caroline and Jane Hogarth), Jasmine Jones (Sarah Sprackling and Bridget), Sylvestra Le Touzel (Mrs Needham and Lady Thornhill) and Mark Umbers (Robert Walpole and David Garrick) complete the company.

The plays will run in rep as part of Rose Theatre Kingston’s 10th anniversary season; opening Saturday 29 September, with previews from Thursday 13 September, and running until Sunday 21 October.Each play can be seen as a single performance or enjoyed together, either over different days or as a thrilling all-day theatrical experience.

Hogarth’s Progress is a riotous double-bill of comedies by BAFTA Award winner Nick Dear, following one of Britain’s most celebrated artists on two monumental pub crawls. The plays explore the extraordinary lives of William and Jane Hogarth 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 première, The Taste of the Town catches up with the Hogarths in Chiswick some 30 years later. Now hugely successful, William 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.


Running alongside Hogarth’s Progress will be an exhibition of work from Kingston School of Art’s Illustration Animation course critiquing contemporary Britain, as well as a series of post-show conversations, in collaboration with Kingston University, which will explore Hogarth’s world and his influence today. Full details of the programme will be announced shortly.

Nick Dear is a playwright and screenwriter, best known for his adaptation of Frankenstein (National Theatre and broadcast globally via NT Live) and his BAFTA Award-winning adaptation of Persuasion (BBC). His writing for theatre includes Dedication (Nuffield Southampton Theatres), The Dark Earth and the Light Sky, Food of Love (Almeida Theatre), Power, The Villains’ Opera (National Theatre), Zenobia, Pure Science, Temptation (RSC) and In the Ruins (Bristol Old Vic). His adaptations include The Promise (Tricycle Theatre), Summerfolk, Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme (National Theatre), The Last Days of Don Juan (RSC) and A Family Affair (Cheek by Jowl). His other screenplays include The Turn of the Screw, CinderellaThe GamblerByron, Eroica and Agatha Christie’s Poirot. He has also written extensively for BBC Radio.


Keith Allen returns to Rose Theatre Kingston to play William Hogarth in The Taste of the Town. He previously starred in the company’s revival of Smack Family Robinson. Later this year he will be appearing in Landscapeand A Kind of Alaska as part of the Pinter at the Pinter season. Other theatre credits include Gaslight (UK tour), The Homecoming (National Theatre/Trafalgar Studios), Comedians (Lyric Hammersmith), Treasure Island(Theatre Royal Haymarket), The Celebration & The Room (Almeida Theatre), Murmuring Judges (National Theatre), and Illuminatus and Macbeth (Citizen’s Theatre, Glasgow). His television credits include MarcellaMy Mad Fat Teenage Diary, The Body Farm, Treasure Island, The Runaway, Robin Hood, Bodies, Roger Roger, Adrian Mole: The Cappuccino Years, Martin Chuzzlewit, Faith and Making Out; and for film, Kingsman: The Golden CircleEddie the EagleA Film with Me in ItAgent Cody Banks 2: Destination LondonDe-Lovely24 Hour Party PeopleThe OthersTwin TownTrainspottingBlue JuiceShallow GraveBeyond BedlamSecond Best, Young Americans, Carry On ColumbusScandalComrades and The Supergrass.

Ruby Bentall plays Jane Hogarth in The Art of Success and Nancy/Mrs Ryott in The Taste of the Town. Her theatre credits include Ramona Tells Jim (Bush Theatre), Peter and Alice (Noël Coward Theatre), Hansel and GretelGriefThe Miracle (National Theatre), Blue Heart Afternoon (Hampstead Theatre), Remembrance Day(Royal Court Theatre), and Alice (Sheffield Theatres). Her television credits include Verity in Poldark and roles in AbsentiaJekyll and HydeLarkrise to CandlefordLost in Austen and You Can Chose Your Friends; and for film, Interlude in PragueBikini BlueMr TurnerRobin Hood and Tormented.


Emma Cunniffe returns to Rose Theatre Kingston to play Louisa in The Art of Success andMrs Colquhoun/Mrs Bascombe in The Taste of the Town. Her credits for the company include Dumb Show. Her other theatre credits include the title role in Queen Anne (Swan Theatre/Theatre Royal Haymarket), Proof(Menier Chocolate Factory), Conquest of the South Pole (Arcola Theatre), Amongst FriendsThe Glass Room (Hampstead Theatre), The Entertainer (The Old Vic), Losing Louis (Hampstead Theatre/Trafalgar Studios), A Buyer’s MarketCaravan (Bush Theatre), Tales From Hollywood (Donmar Warehouse), and The Master Builder (UK tour – winner of UK Theatre Award for Best Supporting Actress). Her television credits include UnforgottenInspector LewisSouthcliffePlace of ExecutionThe Lakes and Life After Birth; and for film, Rabbit on the MoonDreaming of Joseph Lees and Among Giants.


Ben Deery plays Frank in The Art of Success and Zachariah Blunt in The Taste of the Town. His theatre credits include Death of a Salesman (Royal & Derngate Northampton/UK tour), Insignificance (Theatre Clwyd), Casa Valentina (Southwark Playhouse), A Mad World My Masters, Titus Andronicus, King Lear(RSC), The Woman In Black (Fortune Theatre), Anne Boleyn, All’s Well That End’s Well, Henry VIII(Shakespeare’s Globe), and La Cage Aux Folles (Playhouse Theatre). His television credits include And Then There Were None; and for film, A Street Cat Named Bob.

Jack Derges plays Henry Fielding in The Art of Success and Parson Venables in The Taste of the Town. His theatre credits include Queers (The Old Vic), The Boys in the Band (Vaudeville Theatre), The Sweethearts (Finborough Theatre), and Territory (Pleasance, London). His television credits as series regular include Andy Flynn inEastEnders, ‘Synth’ Simon in Humans and Bill Pearson in WPC56, as well as roles in CrimsThe Royals,Cucumber and Dungeons and Dragons: The Book of Vile Darkness; and for film, Freak of Nurture, and AUX.


Bryan Dick plays William Hogarth in The Art of Success and Samuel in The Taste of the Town. His theatre credits include The Two Noble Kinsmen (Shakespeare Globe), Great Apes (Arcola Theatre), Fatherland (Royal Exchange Theatre), Years of Sunlight (Theatre503), Hobson’s Choice (Theatre Royal Bath), Seminar (Hampstead Theatre),School Play (Soho Theatre), Sliding with SuzannePlasticineBone (Royal Court Theatre), Lear (Sheffield Theatres), The Life of GalileoThe Alchemist (National Theatre), Tinderbox (Bush Theatre), and Kursk and Public Enemy (Young Vic). His television credits The SplitCapitalWolf HallSilent WitnessThe Ice Cream GirlsAll The Small ThingsSurvival CodeLewisBeing HumanAshes to AshesExcludedEric and Ernie and Haven; and for film, Colour Me KubrickDreamMaster and CommanderBrothers of the HeadBlood and ChocolateDay of the FlowersI, Anna and The Numbers Station.

Ian Hallard plays Oliver in The Art of Success and Horace Walpole in The Taste of the Town. His theatre credits include The Boys in the Band (Park Theatre/Vaudeville Theatre), Outings (Lyric Theatre), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof(Theatr Clywd), Lovesong of the Electric Bear (Arts Theatre/Hope Theatre), The Vote (Donmar Warehouse),Great Britain (National Theatre/ Theatre Royal Haymarket), and Scenes from an Execution (National Theatre). His television credits include The CrownDoctor WhoSherlock, PoirotAn Adventure in Space and Time,Crooked House, Where the Heart Is; and for film, The Dark Room.


Susannah Harker plays Queen Caroline in The Art of Success and Jane Hogarth in The Taste of the Town. Her theatre credits include Abigail’s Party (Menier Chocolate Factory/Wyndham’s Theatre), A Good Death(National Theatre), Lucky Seven (Hampstead Theatre), On the Shore of the Wide World (Royal Exchange Manchester/National Theatre), Three Sisters (Playhouse Theatre), Uncle Vanya (Gate Theatre, Dublin/La Guardia Drama Theater), and Tartuffe (Almeida Theatre). For television recurring roles include Jane Bennett in BBC’s Pride and Prejudice and Mattie Storin in House Of Cards – for which she received a Best Actress BAFTA nomination. Other television credits include Doctor Who: ShadaWaking the Dead, Ultra-Violet, Faith, Chancer and The Fear; and for film, A Carribean DreamBurke and WillsA Dry White Seasonand White Mischief.


Jasmine Jones plays Sarah Sprackling in The Art of Success and Bridget in The Taste of the Town. Her theatre credits include Buggy Baby (The Yard Theatre), The Phantom Seahorse (Soho Theatre), Philippa and Will are Now in a Relationship (New Diorama Theatre), Fewer Emergencies (Royal Court Theatre), Porno GirlSenseThis Child (Southwark Playhouse), Blue Funk (Old Red Lion), and Arden of Faversham (White Bear).


Sylvestra Le Touzel plays Mrs Needham in The Art of Success and Lady Thornhill in The Taste of the Town. Her theatre credits include The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (Donmar), GivingImagine Drowning (Hampstead Theatre), Waste (National Theatre), Les Parent TerriblesIvanov (Donmar West End), Topless Mum (Tricycle Theatre), Wild EastOurselves AloneUnity, Glasshouses (Royal Court Theatre), A Midsummer’s Night Dream(Almeida Theatre), Inspector Calls (Aldwych Theatre), The IllusionMarya (The Old Vic), and Harvest(Ambassadors Theatre). Her television credits include The CrownEndeavourUtopiaThe Thick of ItSecret StateTitanicThe Appropriate AdultBonkersBeast and Vanity Fair; and for film, The Death of StalinMr TurnerCloud AtlasThe Iron LadyHappy-Go-Lucky and Amazing Grace.

Mark Umbers plays Robert Walpole in The Art of Success and David Garrick in The Taste of the Town. His theatre work includes Merrily We Roll Along (Menier Chocolate Factory/Harold Pinter Theatre/Huntington Avenue Theatre), She Loves Me (Menier Chocolate Factory), The Browning Version (Chichester Festival Theatre/Harold Pinter Theatre), Sweet Charity (Menier Chocolate Factory/Theatre Royal Haymarket), Funny Girl (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Glass Menagerie (Apollo Theatre), The Vortex (Donmar Warehouse), and The Merchant of VeniceCandide and My Fair Lady (National Theatre). His television work includes CollateralHome FiresEternal LawMistressesThe Turn of the ScrewPrinces in the TowerHarley StreetBlackbeardThe Merchant of VeniceBerkeley SquareSilent WitnessThe Scarlet Pimpernel and The Student Prince; and for film, King Arthur: Legend of the SwordA Good WomanChe (Part Two)These Foolish ThingsCassandra’s DreamColour Me Kubrick and Love Is The Devil.

Anthony Banks directs. His theatre credits include Strangers On A TrainGaslight, DNA (UK tour), Twilight Song(Park Theatre), After Miss Julie (Theatre Royal Bath/UK tour), Raz (Trafalgar Studios/Assembly Edinburgh/UK tour), CesarioMore LightThe Eternal NotPrince Of Denmark (National Theatre), Pignight (Menier Chocolate Factory), The Experiment (Soho Theatre/Berliner Ensemble), Herding Cats (Theatre Royal Bath/Hampstead Theatre), Bassett (Bristol Old Vic), ReWrite (Westminster Hall/National Theatre) and The Hotel Plays (Grange & Langham Hotels, London). He was also Associate Director at the National Theatre 2004 – 2014 where he commissioned and developed a hundred new plays for NT Connections.

Hogarth’s Progress                                                                                                                                 Listings

Rose Theatre Kingston

24-26 High Street, Kingston, KT1 1HL

13 September – 21 October 2018

Press performances: Saturday 29 September, 2.30pm & 7pm


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Performance Schedule

The Art of Success – can be booked individually

Thursday 13 September                7.30pm

Friday 14 September                      7.30pm

Saturday 15 September                7.30pm

Wednesday 26 September          7.30pm

Thursday 27 September                2.30pm

Wednesday 3 October                   7.30pm

Thursday 4 October                        2.30pm

Thursday 11 October                      2.30pm

Friday 12 October                            8pm

Wednesday 17 October                7.30pm

Thursday 18 October                      2.30pm

Friday 19 October                            8pm

The Taste of the Town – can be booked individually

Friday 21 September                      7.30pm

Saturday 22 September                7.30pm

Tuesday 25 September                 7.30pm

Thursday 27 September                7.30pm

Friday 28 September                      8pm

Sunday 30 September                   3pm

Thursday 4 October                        7.30pm

Friday 5 October                               8pm

Wednesday 10 October                2.30pm

Thursday 11 October                      7.30pm

Thursday 18 October                      7.30pm

The Art of Success and The Taste of the Town – can only be booked together

Saturday 29 September                2.30pm & 7.30pm

Saturday 6 October                         2.30pm & 7.30pm

Sunday 7 October                            2.30pm & 7.30pm

Sat 13 October                                  2.30pm & 7.30pm

Sun 14 October                                 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Sat 20 October                                  2.30pm & 7.30pm

Sun 21 October                                 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Box Office:                          020 8174 0090

                                                Monday – Saturday: 10am – 8pm (6pm non-performance days)

                                                Sun: one hour before the performance


Concessions:                      Only one discount per ticket, subject to availability

Terms and conditions apply – no discounts on Pit Cushion prices.

Over 60, unwaged, entertainment union, children under 16 and Students: £5 off.

Access:                                 Patrons with disabilities enjoy half price tickets.

The Rose is a fully accessible organisation and we welcome everyone.

                                                There is Blue Badge parking in High Street and Rose car park.

Sensory Access:                A digital hearing system is available for patrons with a hearing aid, and Sennheiser headsets for patrons without a hearing aid. Guide and hearing dogs are welcome. Please let us know in advance so we can provide a dog-sitter and water bowl.

Learning Disabilities:       Please contact us in advance to discuss how we can help make your visit as comfortable as possible, on 0208 174 0090 or email access@rosetheatrekingston.org.

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