Samuel Beckett

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Batting for Godot: the play about Beckett and Pinter teaming up for a game of cricket
The two titans of modern drama were both cricket obsessives. What if they had faced the fast bowlers together? Playwright Shomit Dutta explains why he made it happen – with darkly comic drama Stumped

Michael Billington

08, Aug, 2022 @7:00 AM

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The Big Hit review – feelgood prison comedy as convicts do Beckett
A curmudgeonly actor helps prisoners put on a production of Waiting for Godot in Emmanuel Courcol’s predictable drama

Leslie Felperin

24, Jun, 2022 @7:27 AM

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Yell, Sam, If You Still Can by Maylis Besserie review – Beckett’s last days
A remarkable debut that imagines the Irish writer communing with lost loved ones in a Paris nursing home

John Banville

16, Jun, 2022 @6:30 AM

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Waiting for Beckett: Stephen Dillane and Conor Lovett stage the great playwright’s novel
As they prepare to bring the mesmerising How It Is to London, the actors reflect on performing a text with no characters and no punctuation

Mark Fisher

14, Apr, 2022 @7:50 AM

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Endgame review – Frankie Boyle brings fresh life to Beckett’s dystopia
The comedian turns on the roguish charm as part of a dazzling cast that inject new poignancy into the absurdist classic

Helen Meany

18, Feb, 2022 @10:40 AM

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Major collection of James Joyce documents and books donated to university
The donation from Joyce’s grandson includes a telegram from Samuel Beckett, wishing the Ulysses author a happy 49th birthday

Alison Flood

02, Feb, 2022 @3:50 PM

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Footfalls and Rockaby review – Beckett double bill casts a chilling spell
Pacing endlessly and rocking towards the big sleep, Siân Phillips and Charlotte Emmerson’s performances make this evening deeply affecting

Chris Wiegand

05, Nov, 2021 @9:00 PM

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Oscar Wilde’s restored honour and Samuel Beckett’s swims | Letters
Letters: MH Delap on Wilde’s name being restored to his school’s honours board, and CDC Armstrong on a Samuel Beckett’s activities in and on the water

Letters

22, Oct, 2021 @4:44 PM

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L’Heure Exquise review – a Beckettian ballerina buried in pointe shoes
Maurice Béjart’s adaptation of Happy Days sees Alessandra Ferri up to her hips in ballet shoes in this sparse, dreamlike work

Lyndsey Winship

18, Oct, 2021 @12:00 PM

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Enniskillen mounts Oscar Wilde tribute with flight of gold-leaf swallows
Installation inspired by The Happy Prince will be accompanied by similar celebration of Samuel Beckett, who like Wilde was educated in the town

Alison Flood

15, Oct, 2021 @11:55 AM

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Samuel Beckett: Cascando review – existentialist stroll around the Barbican
The walkways and pools of the London arts centre shimmer with possibility in this promenade adaptation of Beckett’s 1963 radio play

Miriam Gillinson

08, Jul, 2021 @10:04 AM

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Happy Days review – Lisa Dwan swings from laughter to gothic gravity
Trevor Nunn’s production of Samuel Beckett’s classic play is stronger on music-hall comedy than bleakness

Arifa Akbar

18, Jun, 2021 @12:12 PM

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