The Art Of Success

The Art of Success by Nick Dear

11th June – 6th July 2002

Arcola Theatre

Condensing ten years in the life of the artist William Hogarth in to an hilarious gin fueled night, this outrageous comedy is packed with political intrigue and betrayal.

A modern classic premiered by the RSC in 1986, this play is bawdy, crackles with sparkling dialogue and vibrant images of Georgian London.

Cast (in order of appearance)

William Hogarth Chris Porter
Harry Fielding Will Huggins
Frank James Schumann
Oliver George Potts
Mrs Needham/Queen Caroline Janet Prince
Louisa Naomi Wattis
Jane Hogarth Sandra Patton
Sarah Spracklin Melanie MacHugh
Sir Robert Walpole Peter Dineen & Jonathon Hartman

Creative Team

Director Amelia Nicholson
Set Design Jon Bausor
Costume Design Liz Foreman
Lighting Design Emily Brougham
Sound Design Mike Winship

Production Team

Production Manager Richard Williamson
Stage Managers John Karon & Zeynep Kepekli


‘Superb success. From the moment it opens The Art Of Success reels you in.’

Hackney Review

The Times’ & Independent Critics’ Choice.’

‘Nicholson’s  production features some lovely touches’

Time Out ****

‘As palatable as cheese and wine’

The Times

‘Nicholson’s sordidly atmospheric production has more than a whiff of Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels’

‘a visual cleverness prevails, and at one point the wigless, naked Porter looks as if he has erupted straight out of ‘The Rakes Progress’. Fresh and turbulent fun, this is appropriately naughty fodder for the Noughties’

Evening Standard