Many comparisons have been drawn between Yasmina Reza’s Art and Heroes: both French three-handers opened at the same theatre and presented by the same producers. But while Art ran for nine years with an ever-changing, always high-profile cast list, Heroes’ life in the West End will be a much briefer one. It will finish its limited season at Wyndham’s Theatre on 14 January 2006, at the end of its original booking period (See News, 2 Aug 2005).

Set in 1959, Heroes takes place in a veterans’ hospital where Gustave, Philippe and Henri – played by John Hurt, Ken Stott and Richard Griffiths, who will be rejoining his History Boys fellows from February for an international tour ahead of the Alan Bennett play’s Broadway premiere in April (See News, 10 Nov 2005) - are planning their escape.

Gerald Sibleyras’ original play - which was called Le Vent de Peupliers in France, where it was a long-running hit - was translated by Tom Stoppard. The UK premiere production is directed by Gate artistic director Thea Sharrock, designed by Robert Jones and produced by David Pugh, Dafydd Rogers and the Shubert Organisation.

The stellar trio of Hurt, Stott and Griffiths have been nominated for Best Ensemble Performance in Whatsonstage.com’s Theatregoers’ Choice Awards, in which Heroes has also been nominated for Best New Comedy (click here to vote now!).

No further productions have yet been announced for Wyndham’s.

- by Terri Paddock