Rufus Sewell returns to the stage

After warming up Sunday nights in ITV’s Victoria over the past few weeks, Rufus Sewell has found s next project.

He’s going to star in a new stage production of ART.

Sewell will join Paul Ritter and Tim Key in a revival celebrating the the 20th-anniversary of Yasmina Reza’s prize-winning play.

Matthew Warchus, who directed the original production, will return for the revival at the Old Vic, which will open on December 10.

Of the casting, Warchus noted that he chose the cast based on their skill as actors rather than their potential at the the box office. “It’s three actors, exposed on a set for 90 minutes,” he told the Mail, “There’s nowhere to hide.” Warchus also mentioned that the creative team would revising the play throughout the rehearsal process to better serve 2016 audiences.

ART is about the purchase of a white on white painting that tests the limits of friendship between three Parisians. Now in its 20th year, the play has been translated into 26 languages and is staged all over the world.

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