Krapp’s Last Tape / Eh Joe / The Old Tune

By Samuel Beckett

Directed by Trevor Nunn

Featuring Niall BuggyLisa DwanJames Hayes and David Threlfall.

Set and costume design by Louie Whitemore
Sound designer/Composer Max Pappenheim
Lighting Design by
David Howe
Associate direction by Cat Robey

“The new light above my table is a great improvement. With all this darkness around me I feel less alone… In a way.”

Trevor Nunn directs three of Samuel Beckett’s finest short plays – as funny as they are poignant.

In Krapp’s Last Tape, starring James Hayes, Krapp prepares to celebrate his 69th birthday by recording his annual tape. But first, Krapp pulls out an old tape recording, made on his 39th birthday – a recording which recalls an even earlier tape, made in Krapp’s youth.

Eh Joe features the voice of the celebrated Beckett specialist, Lisa Dwan, as she provokes and jokes with the ageing Joe, played by Irish film and theatre star, Niall Buggy.

The Old Tune is a rarely performed gem, adapted by Beckett from a radio play by Robert Pinget. With echoes of Waiting for Godot, two elderly men sit on a bench and reminisce. But are their memories playing tricks? Starring Niall Buggy and David Threlfall.

These three plays demonstrate Beckett’s remarkable range, inventiveness, and wit. A must-see event.

Praise for Beckett Triple Bill

“Unerringly directed…no one in this tiny theatre dared breathe”- Observer

“Perfectly paired to the small, subterranean theatre in which they are performed” – Arifa Akbar, Guardian

“an evening that is gloriously bigger than the sum of its parts.” – Broadway World

“The intimate theatre space and sparse sets add impact to this accessible triple bill of superbly performed reminiscences.” – Everything Theatre

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Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot changed the shape of European theatre. His other plays include Endgame and Happy Days, and he won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1969.

Trevor Nunn was Artistic Director of the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company. At Jermyn Street Theatre he directed the acclaimed stage premiere of Beckett’s All That Fall.

James Hayes began his career in Laurence Olivier’s company and has appeared in more National Theatre productions than any living actor.

Lisa Dwan has performed Beckett’s work at the Royal Court Theatre, West End, the Barbican Centre and the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Niall Buggy won an Olivier Award for Dead Funny and played Henry Sellers in Channel 4’s Father Ted.

David Threlfall is best known for starring as Frank Gallagher in Channel 4’s Shameless.

Running time Around two hours 15 minutes including an interval.


Show Times

Monday to Saturday 7.30pm
Matinees Tuesday and Saturday 3.30pm


BEGINNERS – tickets £31.00 (£27.00 concessions) when BOOKED after 15th January 2020
5@5 Every day at 5pm – 5 tickets will be sold – subject to availability – bookable only in person at box office or by telephone. To be eligible, you must be under 30 or a member of Equity, proof of either required

Concessions: Seniors (Over 60), theatre unions, unwaged, access, students (ID required)