Art timeline


Yasmina Reza’s ‘Art’ premiered in London twenty years ago and went on to become a phenomenon. As rehearsals continue for the 20th anniversary production, we look back at the play’s success.

28 October 1994
‘Art’ premieres at the Comdie des Champs-lyses in Paris.

27 March 1995
Yasmina Reza wins the Molire Award for both Best Playwright and Best Author for ‘Art’.

15 October 1996
Translated by Christopher Hampton, ‘Art’ opens in London’s West End. It is directed by Matthew Warchus and stars Albert Finney, Tom Courtenay and Ken Stott. Variety calls ‘Art’ ‘extraordinarily moving… that rare play which is fully and often rendingly about life’. It runs for 8 years with a succession of popular casts including Henry Goodman, Tony Haygarth, Frank Skinner and Jack Dee.

16 February 1997
‘Art’ wins the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy.

12 February 1998
‘Art’ opens on Broadway in New York, starring Alan Alda, Victor Garber and Alfred Molina. It runs for over 600 performances.

7 June 1998
‘Art’ wins the Tony Award for Best Play.

10 December 2016
Twenty years after its London premiere, Matthew Warchus reunites the 1996 creative team to open ‘Art’ at The Old Vic, starring Paul Ritter, Tim Key and Rufus Sewell.

‘Art’ plays from 10 Dec – 18 Feb. Learn more and book tickets here.