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Tuesday, 27 June, 2000, 14:56 GMT 15:56 UK
Art becomes Sean's show
Alistair McGowan
Alistair McGowan had his own show on BBC One recently
Comedians Sean Hughes and Alistair McGowan will make their West End acting debuts in the hit stage show Art next month.

The pair will join Colin Buchanan - Pascoe in BBC One detective series Dalziel and Pascoe - in the London show for three months on 18 July.

Hughes made his name as a stand-up comedian, and had his own Channel 4 show in the early 1990s, Sean's Show. He is now best-known as a team captain on BBC Two's comedy quiz Never Mind The Buzzcocks.

Sean Hughes
Sean Hughes on Never Mind The Buzzcocks

But he has also acted in the BBC Two drama Gormenghast, as well as films such as The Commitments and The Butcher Boy.

He also presents a programme on the BBC's London Live radio station.

McGowan's television series, Alistair McGowan's Big Impression, made its debut on BBC One earlier this year, and saw him impersonate the likes of Gary Lineker and David Beckham.

This will be the 16th change of cast since Art opened at the Wyndham's Theatre in 1995.

Yasmina Reza's story tells how a strong friendship is tested to the limit when one of three friends buys an expensive painting with a blank canvas.

Previous stars have included Albert Finney, Nigel Havers, Frank Skinner, Tom Courtenay, Jack Dee and George Wendt.

The present cast comprises former Dallas star Patrick Duffy, former The Waltons actor Richard Thomas, and British performer Paul Freeman.

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