The Art Of Success
by Nick Dear

Nick Dear - The Art Of Success

BBC Radio 3

Broadcast: Sunday 21st July 1991 @ 9:30 p.m.

"The Art of Success" is Nick Dear's award-winning drama that traces the scabrous times and scatalogical imagination of 18th century artist William Hogarth as he mingles with playwrights, peers, prostitutes, a prime minister and a condemned murderess.

Dear seizes on a larger-than-life Hogarth, a man who also lived on the cusp of great social change, to examine issues that are very much with us: inequalities of wealth and status, the position of women, and the place of art in society. Dear raises the dramatic temperature by cramming the artist's slow ascent to fame into a single, action-filled night. From Newgate Prison to Queen Caroline's bedroom, from London's pleasure gardens to its brothels and taverns, Hogarth tries to make sense of--and money from--the chaos that surrounds him.

First presented in 1986 by the Royal Shakespeare Company in The Other Place Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon.

With Michael Kitchen [William Hogarth], Robin Weaver [Jane Hogarth], Penny Downie [Sarah Sprackling], Linus Roache [Henry Fielding], Simon Russell Beale [Oliver], Irene Sutcliffe [Mrs. Needham], Sally Dexter [Louisa], Ronald Herdman [Sir Robert Walpole], Brett Usher [Frank / The Jailer], Ann Windsor [Queen Caroline of Anspach], and Jane Whittenshaw [The Drummer Girl].

Directed by Richard Wortley.

Re-broadcast on Sunday 29th November 1992 @ 9:20 p.m.

115 min.

There's an interesting article about this play from a few years ago, by Roger Lewis, who directed it on stage, on the 'Questors' website.

See also 1991 plays page .

Compiled by Jim

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