Beckett Triple Bill

BY SAMUEL BECKETT.
DIRECTED BY TREVOR NUNN.
15 January -
8 February 2020

Overview

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

In Krapp's Last Tape, Krapp prepares to celebrate his 69th birthday by recording his annual tape. But first, he pulls out an old tape recording, made on his 39th birthday - a recording which recalls an even earlier tape, made in Krapp's youth. In Eh Joe, the Voice provokes and jokes with the ageing Joe. The Old Tune is a rarely performed gem, adapted by Beckett from a radio play by Robert Pinget. Two elderly men sit on a bench and reminisce. But are their memories playing tricks?

Trevor Nunn directs three of Samuel Beckett's finest short plays. As funny as they are poignant, they demonstrate Beckett's remarkable range, inventiveness, and wit. A must-see event.

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.


People

Niall Buggy
Joe & Gorman
Niall won the Olivier Award for his role in Dead Funny and an Irish Times Theatre Award for his portrayal of Uncle Vanya.
Lisa Dwan
Voice
Lisa is known as an expert on the work of Samuel Beckett and appeared on Netflix's Top Boy.
James Hayes
Krapp
James has performed in over fifty productions at the NT, beginning in Olivier's NT Company at the Old Vic.
David Threlfall
Cream
David starred in the TV show Shameless and is a longtime collaborator with the RSC.

Samuel Beckett
Playwright
Trevor Nunn
Director
Cat Robey
Associate director
Louie Whitemore
Set and costume design
Max Pappenheim
Music and sound design
David Howe
Lighting design
Simon Nicholas
Video design


Media

“The intimate theatre space and sparse sets add impact to this accessible triple bill of superbly performed reminiscences.”
Everything Theatre
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“Unerringly directed ... no one in this tiny theatre dared breathe.”
The Observer
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“James Hayes, as Krapp, is captivating; holding the audience tightly in his grasp.”
The Spy in the Stalls
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“An evening that is gloriously bigger than the sum of its parts.”
Broadway World
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“Perfectly paired to the small, subterranean theatre in which they are performed.”
The Guardian
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“Gripping intensity.”
The Stage
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Time Out
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Sardines Magazine
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