Michael Gambon confirmed for "Eh Joe"

Michael Gambon confirmed for "Eh Joe"

Michael Gambon is now confirmed to reprise the role of 'Joe' in The Gate Theatre production of Eh Joe, by Samuel Beckett, in a new stage adaptation conceived by Atom Egoyan.

The play is at the Duke of York's theatre from 27 June to 15 July 2006.

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The play premiered with Michael Gambon (who is alone on stage and does not speak) at The Gate Theatre, Dublin in April.

Beckett wrote Eh Joe for television, which aired on the BBC in 1966. Eh Joe is 'one man in a room haunted by the voice of a woman who torments him for thinking that he could ever forget her,' said director Atom Egoyan. The television production features a 25-minute camera gesture that slowly moves onto a man's face as a woman's voice talks about his life. Atom Egoyan is staging it with a single actor on stage and a camera in the wings that slowly moves onto his face and projects the image on a screen.

Joe sits in his room sealed off from the world. A voice lures him to examine the shards of his rough life. As he wordlessly contemplates the voice's accusations, the entire wave of human emotion is captured on camera. The astonishing visual image and the voice's spoken word entwine together in a mesmerising farewell to life.

Eh Joe is a very short piece lasting around 30 minutes. There will be two performances each day Tues to Sat at 7pm & 8.30pm.

Michael Gambon's London stage credits include:"Henry IV Parts 1 & 2" at the Olivier, NT in 2005; "Endgame" at the Abery in 2004; "A Number" at the Royal Court in 2002; "The Caretaker" at the Comedy Theatre in 2001; "Cressida" at the Albery in 2000; "Tom and Clem" at the Aldwych in 1997; "The Unexpected Man" at the Barbican Pit and Duchess theatres 1998; "Skylight" at the Cottesloe, NT & Wyndham's Theatres in 95/96; "Volpone" at the Lyttelton, NT in 1995. He is also well known for his part in the TV drama "The Singing Detective". His many films include "The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover", "Sleepy Hollow", "Gosford Park" and "Harry Potter". In 1992 he was awarded a CBE and in 1998 he received a Knighthood for his extraordinary contribution to the arts.

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