League of Gentleman Consider Art Deal???
Date: 30 May 2002
Now on its 25th celebrity cast, Yasmina Reza's long-running West End comedy Art, now at the Whitehall Theatre, could develop a whole new cult following if current casting rumours come true. According to The Stage, the fictitious trio of modern art squabbling friends could soon be played by real-life offbeat comedy trio The League of Gentlemen (aka Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith). The League made their West End debuts last year with a limited season of their sketch show at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, which was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Entertainment. The League wouldn't be the first comedians to appear in Art (both Jack Dee and Frank Skinner have already taken turns in the show), but they would be the first ready-made threesome to take over in the long-running hit, which has been rotating celebrity casts every three months since it first opened in the West End at Wyndham's Theatre in October 1996. Some time ago, there was a rumour - never realised - that the male leads from American TV show Frasier would appear together.
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