Krapp’s Last Tape / Eh Joe / The Old Tune
By Samuel Beckett
Directed by Trevor Nunn
Featuring Niall Buggy, Lisa Dwan, James Hayes and David Threlfall.
Set and costume design by Louie Whitemore
Lighting design by William Reynolds
Sound design by Max Pappenheim
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 Krapp’s Last Tape.
THE WORK NEVER CEASES TO ASTONISH. The Guardian
BECKETT’S ONE-ACT MASTERPIECE. Telegraph
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.
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.
Monday to Saturday 7.30pm
Matinees Tuesday and Saturday 3.30pm
The HALF – tickets £25.00 (£21.00 concessions) if BOOKED before 15th December 2019
The QUARTER – tickets £28.00 (£24.00 concessions) when BOOKED between 16th December 2019 and 14th January 2020
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
PREVIEW Tickets 15th-16th January all tickets £15.00
Concessions: Seniors (Over 60), theatre unions, unwaged, access, students (ID required)