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LONDON (AP) _ The long-running comedy hit ``Art'' is closing.

The play, one of the West End's most reliable draws since it opened in 1996, will close in January, producer David Pugh said Tuesday.

The show's cast changes every few months, and Pugh said it was getting too hard to find top actors to fill the roles. Past stars have included Albert Finney, Tom Courtenay and George Segal.

``We could have continued for another year but I wanted to go out with it still as fresh as the first night,'' he said.

Written by Yasmina Reza, ``Art'' later moved to Broadway and has played in many other cities. It's about three friends who begin to squabble after one of them buys a blank white canvas he thinks is a work of art.

The final cast will be three actors from The League of Gentlemen, a comedy troupe that has a show on British Broadcasting Corp. television.

``It is going to be one of the best casts ever,'' Pugh said.