Photo Flash: First Look at THE ART OF SUCCESS the first part of double-bill HOGARTH'S PROGRESS at Rose Theatre Kingston

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 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.

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.

Photo Credit: Manuel Harlan

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