Happy Days  
Happy Days

by Samuel Beckett

Directed by Robert Pennant Jones

Evenings at 7.30 : Tuesday 16th - Saturday 20th April
Matinée at 3.00 : Saturday 20th April

At the Tower Theatre, Stoke Newington


Happy Days was written in French and had Madeleine Reynard in the role of Winnie, directed by Jean-Louis Barrault, who appeared in the role of Willie. Beckett later translated the play into English and notable actresses that have played Winnie include Peggy Ashcroft, Billie Whitelaw, Fiona Shaw and most recently a stellar performance by Juliet Stevenson at the Young Vic. Peggy Ashcroft described it as the Hamlet for female actors.

Winnie is on stage throughout, confined to a mound up to her waist, and later only her head remains visible. Despite these physical constraints and the difficulties of communicating with Willie, she maintains a cheerful optimism against all odds. Happy Days is an essential experience for anyone interested in the work of the greatest playwright of the twentieth century. It continues to be relevant, funny and thought provoking for the 21st century.

This production completes the cycle of Samuel Beckett's longer dramatic pieces at the Tower Theatre which began in the 1960s with a production of Endgame by David Jones, later a director with the RSC and the RNT.


Cast List

Winnie : Ruth Sullivan
Willie : Ian Hoare

 

Production Team

Director : Robert Pennant Jones
Lighting Design : Stephen Ley