By Samuel Beckett
Directed by Richard Jones
Starring Alan Cumming and Daniel Radcliffe
‘Go and get two bicycle-wheels.’
‘There are no more bicycle-wheels.’
‘What have you done with your bicycle?’
‘I never had a bicycle.’
Nothing stirs outside. In a bare room, Hamm, an old, blind tyrant confined to a wheelchair, is locked in a stalemate with his servant Clov. Interrupted only by the nostalgic musings of Hamm’s ancient parents, this bleakly funny double act cling stubbornly to their routine of casual savagery and mutual dependence.
Richard Jones directs Beckett’s macabre comedy in which hope and cruelty are the last things to die.
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Fabulous inventive afternoon, beautifully and artfully performed and stunning to look at. I loved both very differing pieces. A terrific matinee.
No words for the performances! Astounding, breathtaking really
I found Rough for Theatre II rather abstract & impenetrable overall, in spite of the immediacy of the prevailing situation & all the potential for... something to be revealed. I was disappointed. But right from the start, Endgame was an entirely different matter, intriguing me, drawing me into the madness, the existential and at the same time pathetic drama, posing questions that could sit with me in my unease, and remain unanswered but richly explored & somehow satisfied. Alan Cumming was superlative in his sadistic codependency, and Daniel Radcliffe a wonderful Clov, in all his tortured but welcome-ly comedic physicality. I loved it!
I have never had the experience of watching a performance feel so similar to torture.
This performance was engaging,and from what I know of this play,well connected portrayal of an obscure group,in a place we know not where,they tried convincingly to find no meaning,but I found myself very much engaged in the character of Hamm,witty and self obsessed.
I really enjoyed both plays in this double bill and laughed lots, which I hadn’t necessarily expected with Beckett! All performances were first rate and always a pleasure for me to see wonderful Jane Horrocks on stage.
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Suitable For Children
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When Can I Go
Previews from 27 January 2020, press night 4 February 2020
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The Old Vic
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