Daniel Radcliffe in the Theatre of Absurd

Daniel Radcliffe returns to London stage in a new adaptation of Samuel Beckett’s play “Endgame” and in a short sketch ‘Rough for Theatre II’ at the Old Vic.

The play will be directed by Richard Jones (‘The Hairy Ape’, ‘Into the Woods’, ‘The Twilight Zone’) and will star Daniel Radcliffe and Alan Cumming.

Hamm (played by Cumming) is blind and old and can not stand up. He is trapped at his house with his servant Clov (Radcliffe), who can not sit down. They are joined by Hamm’s parents Nell and Nagg, who have no legs and live in dustbins.

Beckett’s classic comedy was first staged at London’s Royal Court Theatre in 1957, then it has been represented by many leading actors like Mark Rylance and Simon McBurney, Roger Blin and Jean Martin.

Samuel Beckett was an Irish novelist, playwright and theatre director, who wrote in both French and English. Beckett offers a bleak, tragicomic outlook on human existence, often coupled with black comedy. He is considered one of the last modernist writers, and the key figures in the ‘Theatre of Absurd’. In 1969 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature and is most renowned for his play “Waiting for Godot”, which launched his career in theatre.

British actor Daniel Radcliffe is best known as the ‘Boy Who Lived’ in eight Harry Potter films. He made his London stage debut in 2002 in ‘The Play What I Wrote’ at Wyndham’s Theatre. Radcliffe’s last appearance was in the Old Vic production of Tom Stoppard’s Tony Award-winning play ‘Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead’ in 2017.

Alan Cumming, the Scottish-American actor, is known for his onstage performances in the ‘Accidental Death of an Anarchist’ by Dario Fo, which brought him the Laurence Olivier Award for best comedy performance. In 2006 he returned to West End to take on the role in the production of Martin Sherman’s ‘Bent’. Cumming received two Golden Globe nominations for his supporting role in the CBS television show ‘The Good Wife’.

‘Endgame’ will be followed by a short one-act sketch ‘Rough for Theatre II’.

‘Endgame’ will run at the Old Vic from 27th January, 2020 to 28th March, 2020, Tickets are available now.

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