Old Vic Theatre
The Cut, Waterloo, London

Public Previews: 27 January 2020
Opens: 4 February 2020
Closes: 28 March 2020

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Monday at 7.30pm
Tuesday at 7.30pm
Wednesday at 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Thursday at 7.30pm
Friday at 7.30pm
Saturday at 2.30pm and 7.30pm
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Wed 29 Jan at 7.30pm only
Sat 1 Feb at 7.30pm only
Tue 4 Feb at 7.00pm only
Wed 5 Feb at 7.30pm only
Thu 6 Feb at 2.30pm and 7.30pm

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A major revival of Samuel Beckett's Endgame in London starring Alan Cumming and Daniel Radcliffe

Clov cannot sit down. The blind Hamm cannot get up. The shankless Nell and Nagg breath their last in ashbins. Like the final flames of a dying fire, Beckett's fools play out their fatal endgame. in one of the finest and wittiest parables of human fate in a falling world.

Presented as a double-bill with Samuel Beckett's Rough for Theatre II.

Please Note: This production is suitable for ages fourteen and above.

The cast features Alan Cumming as 'Hamm' and Daniel Radcliffe as 'Clov'. Directed by Richard Jones.

Alan Cumming's West End stage credits include his one-man musical show I Bought a Blue Car Today at the Vaudeville Theatre in 2009; and the role of 'Max' in Daniel Kramer's revival of Martin Sherman's play Bent at the Trafalgar Studio in 2006.

Daniel Radcliffe's London stage credits include the role of 'Rosencrantz' in David Leveaux's revival of Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead at the Old Vic Theatre in 2017; the role of 'Cripple Billy' in Michael Grandage's revival of Martin McDonagh's Cripple of Inishmaan at the Noel Coward Theatre in 2013; and the role of 'Alan Strang' in Thea Sharrock's revival of Peter Shaffer's Equus at the Gielgud Theatre in 2007.

Endgame in London at the Old Vic Theatre public previews from 27 January 2020, opened on 4 February 2020, and closes on 28 March 2020

Original London Production (French) 1957 with Roger Blin and Jean Martin

Original London Production (English) 1958 with George Devine and Jack MacGowran

Original West End London Production 1964 with Patrick Magee and Jack MacGowran

London Revival 1971 with Harold Innocent and Desmond McNamara

1st West End Revival (German) 1971 with Ernst Schroder and Horst Bollman

London Revival 1973 with Woolfe Morris and Trevor Peacock

London Revival 1976 with Patrick Magee and Stephen Rae

London Revival 1980 with Rick Cluchey and Bud Thorpe

2nd West End London Revival 1994 with John Quentin and Peter Bourke

London Revival 1996 with Alun Armstrong and Stephen Dillane

London Revival 1999 with Alan Stanford and Barry McGovern

3rd West End London Revival 2004 with Michael Gambon and Lee Evans

>London Revival 2006 with Kenneth Cranham and Peter Dinklage

4th West End London Revival 2009 with Mark Rylance and Simon McBurney

Original London Production (French) 1957 at the Royal Court Theatre

Previewed 2 April 1957, Opened 3 April 1957, Closed 6 April 1957 at the Royal Court

Performed in French under the title Fin de Partie as a double-bill with Acte Sans Paroles (Act Without Words 1).

The cast featured Roger Blin as 'Hamm', Jean Martin as 'Clov', Georges Adet as 'Nagg', and Christine Tsingos as 'Nell'.

Directed by Roger Blin with designs by Jacques Noel.

Performed by the original Paris theatre company. The 'preview' was a private performance for invited guests.

Original London Production (English) 1958 at the Royal Court Theatre

Opened 28 October 1958, Closed 29 November 1958 at the Royal Court Theatre

Performed as a double-bill with Samuel Beckett's Krapp's Last Tape.

The cast featured George Devine as 'Hamm', Jack MacGowran as 'Clov', Richard Goolden as 'Nagg', and Frances Cuka as 'Nell'.

Directed by George Devine with designs by Jocelyn Herbert (based on the original by Jacques Noel).

Original West End London Production 1964 at the Aldwych Theatre

Opened 9 July 1964, Closed 4 December 1964 (in repertory) at the Aldwych Theatre

The cast featured Patrick Magee as 'Hamm', Jack MacGowran as 'Clov', Bryan Pringle as 'Nagg', and Patsy Byrne as 'Nell'.

Directed by Donald McWhinnie with designs by Ralph Koltai.

Presented by the Royal Shakespeare Company.

London Revival 1971 at the Young Vic Theatre

Previewed 26 January 1971, Opened 1 February 1971, Closed 28 September 1972 (in repertory) at the Young Vic Theatre

The original cast featured Harold Innocent as 'Hamm', Desmond McNamara as 'Clov', Sam Kelly as 'Nagg', and Denise Coffey as 'Nell'.

Directed by Peter James with designs by Anusia Nieradzik.

This production was performed as part of the Young Vic's repertoire at irregular intervals over a 16-month period.

1st West End Revival (German) 1971 at the Aldwych Theatre

Opened 29 April 1971, Closed 1 May 1971 at the Aldwych Theatre

Performed in German, in a translation by Erika and Elmer Tophoven, as a double-bill with Samuel Beckett's Krapp's Last Tape.

The cast featured Ernst Schroder as 'Hamm', Horst Bollman as 'Clov', Werner Stock as 'Nagg', and Gudrun Genest as 'Nell'.

Directed by Samuel Beckett with designs by Mathias.

Performed by the Schiller Theatre of West Berlin and presented as part of the Annual Peter Daubeny World Theatre Season.

London Revival 1973 at the Shaw Theatre

Previewed 10 July 1973, Opened 12 July 1973, Closed 4 August 1973 at the Shaw Theatre

The cast featured Woolfe Morris as 'Hamm', Trevor Peacock as 'Clov', James Taylor as 'Nagg', and Amelia Taylor as 'Nell'.

Directed by Braham Murray with designs by Johanna Bryant.

London Revival 1976 at the Royal Court

Previewed 5 May 1976, Opened 6 May 1976, Closed 3 July 1976 (in repertory) at the Royal Court

The cast featured Patrick Magee as 'Hamm', Stephen Rae as 'Clov', Leslie Sarony as 'Nagg', and Rose Hill as 'Nell'.

Directed by Donald McWhinnie with designs by Andrew Sanders, and lighting by Jack Raby.

Presented as part of the Royal Court's 'Beckett Season'.

London Revival 1980 at the Young Vic Theatre

Opened 29 July 1980, Closed 9 August 1980 at the Young Vic Theatre

Presented as a double-bill with Samuel Beckett's Krapp's Last Tape.

The cast featured Rick Cluchey as 'Hamm', Bud Thorpe as 'Clove', Alan Mandell as 'Nagg', and Teresita Garcia Suro as 'Nell'.

Directed by Samuel Beckett.

Presented by the San Quentin Drama Workshop.

2nd West End London Revival 1994 at the Arts Theatre

Previewed 15 February 1994, Opened 17 February 1994, Closed 13 March 1994 at the Battersea Arts Centre (BAC2)
Previewed 30 June 1994, Opened 4 July 1994, Closed 30 July 1994 at the Arts Theatre

The cast, at both the BAC2 and Arts Theatre, featured John Quentin as 'Hamm', Peter Bourke as 'Clov', Brian Matthew as 'Nagg', and Pamela Wickington as 'Nell'.

Directed by Alasdair Middleton with sets by Miles Bodimeade, and costumes by Jane Wildgoose.

Presented by the Fair Play Theatre Company.

London Revival 1996 at the Donmar Warehouse

Previewed 11 April 1996, Opened 17 April 1996, Closed 25 May 1996 at the Donmar Warehouse

The cast featured Alun Armstrong as 'Hamm', Stephen Dillane as 'Clov', Harry Jones as 'Nagg', and Eileen Nicholas as 'Nell'.

Directed by Kate Mitchell with choreography by Struan Leslie, sets by Rae Smith, costumes by Johanna Coe, lighting by Chris Davey, and sound by Fergus O'Hare.

London Revival 1999 at the Barbican Theatre

Previewed 15 September 1999, Opened 16 September 1999, Closed 18 September 1999 at the Barbican Theatre

The cast featured Alan Stanford as 'Hamm', Barry McGovern as 'Clov', Bill Golding as 'Nagg', and Pauline Flanagan as 'Nell'.

Directed by Antoni Libera with designs by Robert Ballagh, and lighting by Alan Burrett.

Presented as part of 'The Beckett Festival'.

3rd West End London Revival 2004 at the Albery Theatre

Previewed 25 February 2004, Opened 10 March 2004, Closed 1 May 2004 at the Albery Theatre (now Noel Coward Theatre)

Matthew Warchus' revival of Samuel Beckett's play Endgame in London starring Michael Gambon and Lee Evans.

The cast featured Michael Gambon as 'Hamm', Lee Evans as 'Clov', Geoffrey Hutchings as 'Nagg', and Liz Smith as 'Nell'.

Directed by Matthew Warchus with designs by Rob Howell, lighting by Mark Henderson, sound by Paul Groothuis, and music by Gary Yershon.

Michael Gambon's West End theatre credits include the role of 'Davies' in Patrick Marber's revival of Harold Pinter's The Caretaker the Albery Theatre in 2000; the role of 'Eddie Carbone' in Alan Ayckbourn's revival of Arthur Miller's A View From The Bridge at the National Theatre's Cottesloe Theatre and transfer to Aldwych Theatre in 1997; the role of 'Tom Driberg' in Richard Wilson's production of Stephen Churchett's Tom and Clem at the Aldwych Theatre in 1997; the role of 'Sergeant' in Harold Pinter's production of his play Mountain Language at the National Theatre's Lyttelton Theatre in 1988; the role of 'Deeley' in David Jones' revival of Harold Pinter's Old Times at the Haymarket Theatre in 1985; and the role of 'Jerry Devine' in Laurence Olivier's revival of Sean O'Casey's Juno and the Paycock at the Old Vic Theatre in 1966.

"This 1957 piece can only be carried off by the very best the theatre can provide. Enter the peerless Michael Gambon. What a spellbinding performance this is. Scruffily dressed, clutching a blood-soaked towel, Gambon's Hamm looks terrifying. But this is a doomed individual more terrified than terrifying. His unlikely co-star is rubber-limbed TV comic Lee Evans who is easily up to the challenge of playing Beckett's hobbling figure of tragic comedy Clov. This is not exactly lightweight froth. But there are quite a few laughs on the road to oblivion. As Nell so ruthlessly puts it: 'Nothing is funnier than unhappiness.'" The Daily Mirror

"The play is about the need to renounce hope and accept death. That's a brave and unusual message to send resonating through the commercial West End, and, as formulated by Warchus's cast, a gripping and even entertaining one too. Gambon gives us faded grandeur and engulfing cynicism and, when he learns that in this terminal-ward Earth even the painkillers have run out, a roar of anguish from the great O of his uplifted mouth. From Evans, the prevailing note is, as it should be, frustration. This can be comical. He forgets things, and, when he does, he brandishes his clenched fists, at one point nearly tumbling from a ladder in his exasperation. But the frustration goes far deeper than that. He's squandered his chance of happiness, wasted his life - and, yes, Evans's Clov makes us feel it." The Times

"In Hamm, Beckett has written a part tough enough to challenge the greatest of actors, and in Matthew Warchus's fine revival the magnificent Michael Gambon rises to it. He's never less than compelling, a tough task given that his eyes are obscured by dark glasses and he can move only his hands. Fortunately, Gambon's long, elegant, aristocratic fingers are among the most eloquent in existence and his voice is infinitely various... Lee Evans's excellent Clov hobbles around him in long johns, frowning, grunting and forgetting things... Warchus's tough, unsentimental production makes much of the play's theatricality." The Mail on Sunday

End game in London at the Noel Coward Theatre previewed from 25 February 2004, opened on 10 March 2004 and closed on 1 May 2004.

London Revival 2006 at the Barbican Theatre

Opened 20 April 2006, Closed 23 April 2006 at the Barbican Theatre

The cast featured Kenneth Cranham as 'Hamm', Peter Dinklage as 'Clov', Tom Hickey as 'Nagg', and Georgina Hale as 'Nell'.

Directed by Charles Sturridge with sets by Eileen Diss, costumes by Charlotte Walter, and lighting by Davy Cunningham.

Presented as part of the 'Barbican Beckett Centenary Festival'.

4th West End London Revival 2009 at the Duchess Theatre

Previewed 2 October 2009, Opened 15 October 2009, Closed 5 December 2009 at the Duchess Theatre

Complicite present a new production of Samuel Beckett's classic play Endgame in London starring Mark Rylance and directed by Simon McBurney for a strictly limited season of 70 performances only.

The cast featured Mark Rylance as 'Hamm', Simon McBurney as 'Clov', Tom Hickey as 'Nagg' and Miriam Margolyes as 'Nell'.

Directed by Simon McBurney with designs by Tim Hatley, costumes by Christina Cunningham, sound by Christopher Shutt, and lighting by Paul Anderson.

Mark Rylance's London theatre credits include 'Robert' in Matthew Warchus' revival of Boeing Boeing at the Comedy Theatre in 2007; 'Olivia' in Tim Carroll's revival of William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night at the Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in 2002 and 2003; 'Cleopatra' in Giles Block's revival of William Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra at the Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in 1999; and 'Damis' in Bill Alexander's revival of Moliere's Tartuffe at the Barbican Pit Theatre in 1983.

"Trust Mark Rylance to turn 90 minutes of manic-depressive death throes into something thrillingly alive... This production by Simon McBurney, for his company Complicite, brings out its joking despair beautifully. You may see Endgames that are more comical or more tragical. But the Complicite production has a tragicomic poise made utterly compelling by Rylance's wild sense of play in the main role... Tom Hickey and a beatific Miriam Margolyes work well as the parents, Nagg and Nell, looking like Muppets in their dustbin homes and, like Muppets, able to sell old jokes." The Times

"Even by Beckett's standards, this is a very desolate play in which for 90 minutes he rubs our noses in our own stinking mortality, our lives as a protracted and painful death. All that's left is verbal gamesmanship. So is it a masterpiece? Simon McBurney's revival doesn't persuade me that it is. You have to peer into the darkness of this production, as you would one of Rembrandt's most magnificent, soul-bearing portraits, but you get less out of it. It has its moments, but mostly it lingers to no great effect, never so amusing that you share Hamm's conviction that 'Nothing is funnier than unhappiness', nor so nightmarish that it haunts one's sleep. When Miriam Margolyes' Nell pops up from her dustbin and sighs: 'Ah, yesterday,' in response to her husband, just for one second a blissful expression lights up her face like a moon. Mark Rylance's Hamm can be wonderfully grand and theatrical, but his performance overall is too mannered, too John Cleeselike and fails to get under this old Hamm's skin. He is mesmerising, certainly, but not moving." The Mail on Sunday

When originally announced this production was due to star Richard Briers as 'Hamm' and Adrian Scarborough as 'Clov' (for performances up to 18 October when Simon McBurney would have taken over the role). The production was due to run from 18 September to 5 December 2009. At the time Richard Briers said that this would have been his last stage role. Unfortunately, due to scheduling commitments with another production he was due to appear in, Adrian Scarborough felt that he needed to withdraw from this production of Endgame. Richard Briers said: "After much soul searching, I have taken the difficult decision to withdraw from Endgame. It was a long held promise to play the role opposite Adrian. When that was no longer possible, I felt I had to leave the production although it meant losing the possibility of working with a great director and old friend, Simon McBurney. It is with great regret that I leave the company and wish Simon and Mark [Rylance] the best. I look forward to seeing the production when it opens at the Duchess Theatre." To accommodate the cast change the production will now start previews two weeks later on 2 October 2009.

Endgame in London at the Duchess Theatre previewed from 2 October 2009, opened on 15 October and closed on 5 December 2009.