ART at The Lowry, Manchester Review

26-31 March 2016

Reviewed by Bernadette Booth

We arrived at Salford Quays in Manchester mid-afternoon so that we could have a look around The Lowry shopping outlet and enjoy a meal before the show. The Lowry outlet car park charges £12 for 6-12 hours, which we thought was horribly expensive. We found a small SIP car park 5 minutes away from the theatre at Labrador Quay (opposite the Premier Inn) which charges £3 for 24 hours. We later discovered that if you book your Lowry shopping outlet car parking 24 hours in advance it is £5 for up to 12 hours.

The Lowry theatre is a stunningly modern and beautiful building, certainly worth a visit even if you’re not seeing a show. The box office staff were lovely, very friendly and helpful.

‘ART’ is a play of 90 minutes with no interval. The story is about 3 men who have been friends for 25 years, discussing a piece of art that one of the men has recently paid an extortionate amount of money for.

The cast are all well-known – Nigel Havers (plays Serge, the purchaser of the art), Denis Lawson (Marc) and Stephen Tompkinson (Yvan).

The play focuses on the different perspectives that individuals have of art, and more importantly, the complexity and fragility of human relationships.

You may think that watching three men talking about art might be a little dull, but you’d be very wrong. The superb acting brought the story to life, it was a hugely entertaining, funny and thought-provoking show. We can’t say any more without spoiling the experience for you.

Please be aware that as the play progresses the language (specifically the use of the F word) gets increasingly choice!

The stage set was minimalist but very effective, the lighting was beautiful, simple and atmospheric.

To summarise, this is definitely a must-see play. We would certainly go and see it again! The only small criticism is that as we were sat to the rear of the theatre, we occasionally had to strain to hear the actors.

As a rating we would give this play a 4 out of 5.

PS Look out for Stephen Tompkinson’s rant about all the women in his life. This is brilliantly delivered – comedy gold.

Rating: 4/5

Tickets cost from £15.50 to £35.50 (booking fees may apply).

ART is at The Lowry in Manchester from 26-31 March 2018, for more information orto book tickets visit www.thelowry.com or call the box office on 0843 208 6000.

The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, Manchester, M50 3AZ | 0843 208 6000


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