Rare Revival

Footfalls and Rockaby



3 November -
13 November 2021


“There is no sleep so deep I would not hear you there.”

A rocking chair creaks. Footsteps echo down a corridor, tracing and retracing the same path. An old woman hears a voice from beyond – a voice that sounds eerily like her own. In this pair of miniature masterpieces, Beckett dazzlingly explores his obsessions with age, memory, and the passing of time.

Following Beckett’s All That Fall and the Beckett Triple Bill, Jermyn Street Theatre uncovers two more of Samuel Beckett’s rarely performed gems. Multi award-winning Dame Siân Phillips (I, ClaudiusUnder Milk Wood) and Charlotte Emmerson (Food of Love, The Cherry Orchard) are directed by Richard Beecham in an unmissable double bill.




Siân Phillips
Siân won a BAFTA for her role in the BBC’s 1976 adaptation of I, Claudius. She has performed the titular roles in Ibsen's Hedda Gabler and George Bernard Shaw's Saint Joan. She was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2016 New Year Honours for services to drama. She was recently seen at JST in Richard Beecham's 5-star production of Beckett’s Rockaby & Footfalls.
Charlotte Emmerson
Charlotte is known for her roles in See No Evil: The Moors Murders, Casualty 1909 and Underworld and her radio work. She was most recently seen on stage in Alone in Berlin at Northampton’s Royal and Derngate.


“This is theatre built from anguish, longing and bleached bones: exquisite”
The Times
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“a chilly autumnal double bill, as crisp and dark as the night above.”
The Guardian
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“This is difficult, but seminal, viewing”
The Stage
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“Beautiful, eerie and horrifying”
London Pub Theatre
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“A sad but deeply rewarding evening”
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“A show which must be seen to be understood”
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