Complicite's Endgame at Duchess from 18 Sep 2009

Complicite's Endgame at Duchess from 18 Sep 2009

(**UPDATE 13 AUG 2009: Richard Briers & Adrian Scarborough withdraws - Mark Rylance & Simon McBurney take over roles - perfs now from 3 Oct)

Complicite's Endgame, by Samuel Beckett, will open at the Duchess Theatre 24 Sep 2009, following previews from 18 Sep - running to 5 Dec 2009.

Directed by Simon McBurney, the cast includes Richard Briers (Hamm), Adrian Scarborough (Clov to 18 Oct, then Simon McBurney takes over the role), Miriam Margolyes (Nell). The role of Nagg will be announced shortly.

Richard Briers says: “I saw Endgame 50 years ago with George Devine in the role of Hamm, and said to my wife that this was a role I wanted to play - she pointed out that I was perhaps a little young for it at the time! I now feel the time has come to have a crack at it, in what will be my last role on the stage, and I couldn’t be in better company,” Richard Briers said today.

It is designed by Tim Hatley, costumes by Christina Cunningham, sound by Christopher Shutt, and produced by / Nica Burns & Max Weitzenhoffer.

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.

Richard Briers, Veteran star of the stage and screen, returns to the London stage where he last appeared in the 2002 production of Bedroom Farce. Briers is perhaps best known for his television work, including the classic comedy series The Good Life and Ever Decreasing Circles.

Adrian Scarborough’s many theatre credits at the National include Time and the Conways, Once in a Lifetime, Henry IV Part I & II, The Mandate and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. His other theatre work includes Accidental Death of an Anarchist and To the Green Fields Beyond (Donmar Warehouse) and Platonov, The Tempest and Vassa (Almeida Theatre). For television, his work includes Gavin and Stacey, Cranford, Psychoville, Poppy Shakespeare, The Trial of Tony Blair, The Passion and A Dance to the Music of Time; and for film, Notes on a Scandal, The History Boys, Vera Drake, Dirty Pretty Things, Gosford Park and The Madness of George III.

Miriam Margolyes's most recent stage credits include Wicked – she originated the role of Madame Morrible in the London production, before going on to play the role on Broadway. Her other theatre work includes The Killing of Sister George and Dickens’ Women (both West End). As well as her famed cameos in the Blackadder series, her television work includes Inconceivable, Wallis & Edward and Fall of the House of Windsor; and for film, How to Lose Friends and Alienate People, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Ladies in Lavender, Being Julia, Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet and James & the Giant Peach.

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