Happy Days

Happy Days

Cork Opera House as part of
Cork Midsummer Festival

14–17 June 2023

3Olympia Theatre

21-24 June

Birmingham Rep

28 June–1 July 2023

Past Performances

3Olympia Theatre, Dublin

31 January 2021

3Olympia Theatre, Dublin
Live Broadcast

30 January 2021

Happy Days

written by Samuel Beckett
directed by Caitríona McLaughlin
Landmark Productions

★ ★ ★ ★ ‘Siobhán McSweeney shines in Beckett’s Happy Days’
Irish Examiner

BAFTA winner Siobhán McSweeney (Derry Girls, Extraordinary) plays Winnie in Beckett’s masterpiece, directed by Caitríona McLaughlin. She is joined by Howard Teale who plays Willie. 

Critics described Siobhán McSweeney’s performance as ‘a dream‘ (Irish Mail on Sunday) and ‘superb … a remarkable feat’ (Irish Examiner) when it was streamed live from the stage of the 3Olympia Theatre in 2021. Now audiences will have the opportunity to see one of Ireland’s best-loved actors play Samuel Beckett’s iconic heroine live on stage in Cork, Dublin and Birmingham. 

Winnie is buried up to her waist. The merciless sun beats down. Her husband Willie barely speaks.

And yet! – she proclaims – ‘this will have been another happy day’.

Defiant, determined and fiercely resilient, Winnie greets each day with humour and boundless optimism, and lives as best she can between the bell for waking, and the bell for sleep.

Running time: 2 hours 15mins including a 15 min interval

Landmark would like to acknowledge the continued support of the Arts Council.

Landmark Live

Landmark Live is Landmark’s online streaming platform. Happy Days was streamed live from Dublin’s iconic 3Olympia Theatre for one performance only on 30 January 2021. An audio description was available for the show at this link.



Winnie Siobhán McSweeneyWillie Marty Rea

CAST Happy Days 2023

Winnie Siobhán McSweeneyWillie Howard Teale


Writer Samuel BeckettDirector Caitríona McLaughlinSet and Costume Designer Jamie VartanLighting Designer Paul KeoganSound Designer Sinéad Diskin


★★★★ 'a testament to resilience and fortitude'The Irish Times
★★★★ 'Siobhán McSweeney shines in Beckett’s Happy Days ... superb ... a remarkable feat'Irish Examiner
★★★★★ ‘a magnificent brutal revival of Samuel Beckett’s wasteland marriage play ... magnificent streamed production’Musings in Intermission
★★★★ 'Siobhán McSweeney plays it like a dream’Irish Mail on Sunday


Photographer: Patrick Redmond