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Art - production images released of Tim Key, Paul Ritter and Rufus Sewell

Art photoshoot. Photo by Manuel Harlan.

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PRODUCTION images have been released of Tim Key (as Yvan), Paul Ritter (Marc) and Rufus Sewell (Serge) in Art, Yasmina Reza’s dazzling study of friendship, prejudice and tolerance, which runs at The Old Vic until Saturday, February 18, 2017. To view them, click here.

Previously Posted: Images have been released of Tim Key (as Yvan), Paul Ritter (Marc) and Rufus Sewell (Serge) rehearsing Art. To view them, click here.

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Previously Posted: Full casting has been announced for Art, Yasmina Reza’s dazzling study of friendship, prejudice and tolerance, which runs at The Old Vic from Saturday, December 10, 2016 to Saturday, February 18, 2017.

The line up includes Tim Key (as Yvan), Paul Ritter (Marc) and Rufus Sewell (Serge).

One of the most acclaimed plays of recent times, Art premiered in London twenty years ago and went on to become a phenomenon. Director Matthew Warchus reunites the original creative team.

Tim Key won the Edinburgh Comedy Award (formerly the Perrier award) in 2009 for his weird and wonderful poetry/stand-up fusion. He has since had three books of his work published and made three series of his BBC Radio 4 show Tim Key’s Late Night Poetry Programme. He has also written and performed in the sketch show Cowards on BBC Radio 4 and BBC 4 (TV). On television, he plays Sidekick Simon in Alan Partridge’s Midmorning Matters and momentarily moved into Mark and Jeremy’s flat in the final series of Channel 4’s Peep Show.

On stage, he has performed in Daniel Kitson’s two-hander Tree at The Old Vic. He has recently finished filming E4’s new globetrotting comedy drama Foreign Bodies, written by his regular collaborator Tom Basden. He regularly performs his terse poems on the comedy circuit, and currently is developing new poetry to be performed in London and then, hopefully, beyond.

Paul Ritter’s theatre credits include John Major in The Audience opposite Helen Mirren (Gielgud Theatre), and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, The Hothouse and Coram Boy for which he received an Olivier Award nomination for playing Otis Gardiner (National Theatre). Ritter also received Olivier and Tony award nominations for Best Supporting Actor and Best Featured Actor respectively for his performance in The Norman Conquests at The Old Vic and on Broadway.

His film work includes Suite Francaise, Complicit, The Eagle, The Other Man, Quantam of Solace, Nowhere Boy, The Nine Lives of Tomas Katz and The Libertine. He also starred in Love You More directed by Sam Taylor-Wood, which won Best British Short film at the British Independent Film Awards.

On television, he has appeared in Friday Night Dinner, We’re Doomed! The Dad’s Army Story, Mapp & Lucia, The Game, The Bletchley Circle, Great Expectations, Pulling and Channel 4’s No Offence, for which he’s currently filming the second series.

On stage, Rufus Sewell most recently played Larry in David Leveaux’s production of Closer at the Donmar Warehouse. His other work includes Old Times (Harold Pinter Theatre), Rock N’ Roll (Royal Court, Duke of York’s and Bernard Jacobsen Theatre, New York – winning an Olivier Award, London Critics’ Circle Award and Evening Standard Award for Best Actor and receiving nominations at the Tony Awards, Drama Desk Awards and What’s On Stage Theatregoers Awards), Macbeth (Queen’s Theatre), Translations (Plymouth Theatre, New York – Theatre World Award for Outstanding Broadway Debut) and Arcadia (National Theatre – Olivier Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor).

Sewell can currently be seen playing Lord Melbourne in the ITV drama Victoria, and he is filming the second series of the successful Amazon drama The Man in the High Castle (for which he received a Critics’ Choice Nomination for Best Supporting Actor). His other screen work includes the feature films Gods of Egypt, Hercules, The Sea, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, The Holiday, Amazing Grace, The Illusionist, A Knight’s Tale, Illuminata, Dark City, Dangerous Beauty, The Woodlanders, Carrington, A Man of No Importance and Cold Comfort Farm.

His television credits include Killing Jesus, Restless, Parade’s End, Zen, Pillars of the Earth, 11th Hour, John Adams, The Taming of the Shrew (BAFTA TV nomination for Best Actor), Charles II, Middlemarch and Cold Comfort Farm.

Translated by Christopher Hampton and directed by Matthew Warchus, Art will be designed by Mark Thompson, with lighting by Hugh Vanstone, sound by Mic Pool and music by Gary Yershon.

Also at The Old Vic: Samuel Beckett’s No’s Knife (until October 15) and King Lear, with Glenda Jackson in the title role (October 25 to December 3, 2016).