John Hurt in Krapp's Last Tape (2011)

British actor to reprise Beckett role in New York this December

US Premiere

Krapp's Last Tape
Written by Samuel Beckett
Gate Theatre, Dublin
Directed by Michael Colgan
Part of the 2011 Next Wave Festival

Dec 6 (Gala), 8—11 & 13—17, 2011 at 7:30pm
Dec 10, 14 & 17, 2011 at 2pm
Dec 11 & 18, 2011 at 3pm

A tragedy in one act for a lone actor, a tape recorder, and many, many bananas, Krapp’s Last Tape is one of Samuel Beckett’s most personal works for the stage—a feat of great precision and tense economy. Featuring discreet details from the writer’s own life, this dramatization of the messy truths of memory and time illuminates the predicament we face when we become strangers to our former selves.

Reprising his role in the Gate Theatre’s critically acclaimed Dublin and London production, two-time Oscar nominee John Hurt (The Elephant Man, Midnight Express) plays the titular Krapp, an embittered and dyspeptic man who marks the occasion of his 69th birthday by revisiting his 39-year-old self. Veering from outrage to contemplation, Krapp exhibits the ticks and tocks of a beaten man whose spirit unravels as the tapes unspool in “all that old misery” of lost time.

BAM Harvey Theater
Run time: 55min
Season Ticket Price*: $17.50—100
Full Price*: $25—125

* Prices subject to change after Aug 28

Lighting by James McConnell


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