The award-winning West End production of Yasmina Reza's Art celebrates its third birthday in the West End this Friday, 15 October 1999 and has announced a new cast to take over from next Tuesday, 19 October. The new cast, the production's twelfth, features Edward Woodward as Marc, Peter Egan as Serge and Chris Langham as Yvan, three friends who fall out over a piece of modern art.

Mostly known for their television and film work, Woodward's credits include Breaker Morant, Callan, The Equalizer and The Professionals and Egan's include Mr Bean, Chariots of Fire and The Hireling, for which he won a BAFTA for Best Actor. An established scriptwriter, Langham's acting credits include, on film, Monty Python's Life of Brian, Carry On Columbus and, on stage, Crazy for You and Les Miserables.

The London production of Art - translated by Christopher Hampton and directed by Matthew Warchus - has long attracted top-notch actors for its short stints. The original cast starred Albert Finney, Tom Courtney and Ken Stott. Subsequent casts have featured the likes of Richard Griffiths, Henry Goodman, David Haig, Anton Lesser, Tom Mannion, Art Malik and Nigel Havers as well as unlikely stars such as comedians Jack Dee and Frank Skinner.

Last year, the Broadway production of Art, also directed by Warchus, opened to critical acclaim with a cast featuring Alan Alda, Victor Garber and Alfred Molina. Art won both the Evening Standard and Olivier Awards for Best Comedy. In New York, the play won the Tony and New York Critics Circle Awards for Best Play.