written by Samuel Beckett
directed by Vicky Featherstone
starring Stephen ReaLandmark Productions
★★★★★ The Irish Times
★★★★ ‘Stephen Rea is hauntingly good in Beckett’s masterpiece’ – The Guardian
Stephen Rea stars in Beckett’s quietly distilled masterpiece, Krapp’s Last Tape. His long history with the work of Samuel Beckett includes working with Beckett himself when he played Clov in a production of Endgame at the Royal Court Theatre in London, at the age of 29.
Past midnight. Never knew such silence. The earth might be uninhabited.
A man sits alone. It is the evening of his 69th birthday. Every year, on his birthday, he records a new tape – a review of the year just gone.
But first, he listens back to a tape he recorded three decades before.
Hard to believe I was ever that young whelp.
Krapp’s Last Tape was the first production in Landmark’s 20th anniversary year.
Directed by Vicky Featherstone, artistic director of the Royal Court for the past ten years, the design team includes Jamie Vartan (set); Katie Davenport (costume); Paul Keogan (lighting) and Kevin Gleeson (sound).