In 2002, the late, great Elaine Stritch brought her solo show At Liberty to the Old Vic, in which she described herself "an existential problem in tights". Now, 18 years later, the same stage is hosting a double-bill of short Samuel Beckett plays that's an existential crisis in two acts, over which the playwright's usual preoccupation with the ever-present imminence of death casts a murky glow. It is also, alas, a lot less enjoyable than Stritch's fiercely compelling, poignantly self-aware...
On 15th March, The Old Vic released the following statement:
'Whilst we have no reason to disagree with current scientific and government advice on coping with the Coronavirus, given the new travel and other restrictions in place it is nevertheless becoming increasingly impractical to sustain business as usual at our theatre.
We are very sympathetic to people's personal circumstances, as we are to the audiences who are still excited to visit the theatre and see our productions. We are also extremely aware of our employees' financial dependence on work being presented and tickets being purchased. So it is with great sadness that we have had to decide to suspend the presentation of Endgame in a double bill with Rough for Theatre II for the next two weeks, which is the remainder of its run.'
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Radcliffe and Cumming play Beckett's classic characters Hamm, a blind, old tyrant, and his servant Clov. The pair find themselves locked in a stalemate in this bleakly funny play which has in the past been performed by Mark Rylance and Simon McBurney, Roger Blin and Jean Martin, and William Petersen and Ian Barford.
This production will pair Endgame with Beckett's short sketch, Rough for Theatre II, which sees two bureaucrats who find a man standing in front of an open window on the sixth floor of an apartment block.
Endgame is at the Old Vic from 27th January 2020 to 28th March.
Daniel Radcliffe is best-known for starring in all eight films in the Harry Potter series. On stage, he made his stage debut in 2002 in The Play What I Wrote at Wyndham's Theatre, and has also starred in Equus in the West End, and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead at the Old Vic.
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Cast and creative
By: Samuel Beckett
Director: Richard Jones
Cast list: Alan Cumming, Daniel Radcliffe, Jane Horrocks, Karl Johnson
Design: Stewart Laing
Lighting: Adam Silverman
Costume: Stewart Laing
Choreography: Sarah Fahie
Sound: Fergus O'Hare
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The full casting has been announced for the upcoming production of Endgame at the Old Vic, opening next year.Jane Horrocks will star in Endgame, recently starring in the Pinter at the Pinter season at the Harold Pinter Theatre, as well as starring in East is East and Cabaret at the Donmar Warehouse. She has also starred in The Rise and Fall of Little Voice at the National Theatre and its subsequent West End transfer, reprising the role in the 1998 film adaptation.Karl Johnson completes the cast...