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Art - 24.10.02
Art with the League of Gentlemen
Art, but not as we know it: the League of Gentlemen become the 27th and final cast of Yazmina Reza's play
spacer video Our theatre critic Mark Shenton finds these gentlemen to be a league of friends: a good recipe for completing a work of Art...

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And now for something completely different: no, not Monty Python, but the comedy troupe sometimes regarded as their modern successors, the League of Gentlemen, who have shed the sketches and taken on a full-length play to become the 27th and final cast of Art.

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This long running comedy of Parisian male manners and modern art has been in the West End since October 1996 - almost exactly as long as the League themselves, who first came to prominence at the Edinburgh Fringe in August that year - and will finally close in January next year.

The League are not the first comedians to star in the show - Jack Dee, Frank Skinner and Sean Hughes have all been in it - but they're the first ready-made trio to take over.

And they do so with a genuine, rather than actorly, rapport that gives the play's tale of long-term friendships an extra resonance.

Yasmina Reza's play - which revolves around the friendship of three men that is fatally disrupted when one of them buys an expensive modern work of art that resembles nothing so much as a blank white canvas - remains a giddy, elegant delight.

Reece Shearsmith is a little too giddy with Yvan's furious diatribe about his impending wedding - the laughs are landing so hard that some others are being lost in the process.

But he is a particularly touching and vulnerable go-between, desperately sitting on the fence in the conflict that erupts between his friends Serge (Mark Gatiss) and Marc (Steve Pemberton), and finding - as you do - that those who sit on fences are liable to get splinters.

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