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Mitchell Heads Art's 16th, Birthday Cast

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To celebrate its fourth birthday, David Pugh and Sean Connery, the producers for the West End production of Art, have announced another starry cast - the show's sixteenth cast - for the long-running comedy about three friends who fall out over a modern art painting. From 24 October 2000 Warren Mitchell, John Fortune and Ken Campbell will take over from Colin Buchanan, Alistair McGowan and Sean Hughes as, respectively, Marc, Serge and Yvan. Art celebrates its fourth birthday at the Wyndham's Theatre on 15 October.

Warren Mitchell is probably best known for his TV character Alf Garnett in Till Death Do Us Part. His stage work includes Willy Loman in Death of Salesman at the National and Max in Peter Hall's production of The Homecoming in the West End.

John Fortune started his career writing and performing for the Footlights Revue in Cambridge and then went on to write and perform for Peter Cook's Establishment Club. He has appeared in all seven series of TV's Rory Bremner - Who Else? and two series of The Long Johns on Channel Four. Along with John Bird, Fortune was named Top Male Comedy Performer at the British Comedy Awards and received the 1997 BAFTA Award for Best Light Entertainment Performance.

Actor, writer and director Ken Campbell's extensive career includes acting in films such as A Fish Called Wanda and TV programmes like Middlemarch, Till Death Do Us Part and Fawlty Towers. Most recently on stage, he has performed Ken Campbell's History of Comedy, Part One at the National. He is the founder of the Ken Campbell Roadshow and the Science Fiction Theatre of Liverpool and was formerly artistic director of Liverpool's Everyman Theatre.

The London production of Art - translated by Christopher Hampton and directed by Matthew Warchus - has long attracted well-known actors for its short stints. The original cast starred Albert Finney, Tom Courtenay and Ken Stott. Subsequent casts have featured Richard Griffiths, Henry Goodman, David Haig, Anton Lesser, Tom Mannion, Art Malik and Nigel Havers as well as comedians Frank Skinner and Jack Dee. Imported American casts have also brought the likes of Patrick Duffy, Richard Thomas, Judd Hirsch, George Wendt and Stacy Keach to the West End. Art has won both the Evening Standard and Olivier Awards for Best Comedy, while a simultaneous New York production won the Tony and New York Critics Circle Awards for Best Play.

Mitchell, Fortune and Campbell will continue their runs until 21 January 2001.


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