Endgame - Duchess Theatre 2009
Opened 15 Oct 2009
Written: by Samuel Beckett
Directed: Simon McBurney
Casts: Mark Rylance (Hamm), Simon McBurney (Clov), Miriam Margolyes (Nell), Tom Hickey (Nagg)
Synopsis: The aged and blind Hamm and his servant Clov co-exist in a mutually dependent and fractious relationship, with only Hamm’s parents, Nell and Nagg, legless from a biking accident, for company. They are condemned to a daily routine sealed off from the void outside.
What the popular press had to say.....
PAUL TAYLOR for THE INDEPENDENT says, "A brilliant Complicite production...[Mark] Rylance's fantastically funny and painful portrayal...How many times can this acting genius, fresh from his triumph in the Royal Court hit Jerusalem, succeed in surpassing himself?" QUENTIN LETTS for THE DAILY MAIL says, "Mr Rylance delivers a performance of characteristic commitment - mercurial and full of distinctive tics. But otherwise this show is a dog of tedious self-pretension." HENRY HITCHINGS' for THE EVENING STANDARD says, "It is not easy to imagine a much better production of the play than this one." MICHAEL BILLINGTON for THE GUARDIAN says, "While Simon McBurney's Complicite production has its merits, it left me strangely unmoved, largely because of a self-indulgent performance from Mark Rylance in the role of Hamm." NATASHA TRIPNEY for THE STAGE says, "Rylance is magnificently physical as Hamm." CHARLES SPENCER for THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "Superb production...I haven’t seen a better production of the play than this."
Production photo by Tristram Kenton