Beckett and Pinter Productions at the Bristol Old Vic

5 April - 12 May

The following is a press release for Simon Godwin's production of Harold Pinter's A Kind Of Alaska and Samuel Beckett's Krapp's Last Tape, coming to Bristol from May to April 2012:

This Spring, we invite you to witness a major theatrical event.

Two short plays by Samuel Beckett and Harold Pinter in a rare pairing that brings together two of the most influential writers of the twentieth century.

After his triumphant productions of Faith Healer and Far Away, Bristol Old Vic and Royal Court Associate Director Simon Godwin will direct Pinter's A Kind of Alaska and Beckett's Krapp's Last Tape; plays that explore memory, healing and the sensation of time.

A Kind of Alaska
Deborah wakes after 29 comatose years to a reality she cannot accept, relationships she does not remember and a body she no longer knows. In this brief awakening, she begins to understand that she has spent the prime of her life like this, trapped within a waking sleep.

Krapp's Last Tape
On his birthday, a sixty-nine year old Krapp listens to a recording of his younger self. But, after a life of failure, withdrawal and physical decline, the youthful idealism that confronts him makes the passing of time even more acute.

Two great plays that open compelling and tender dialogues between past and present.


5 Apr - 12 May
Previews 5, 6, 7, 9 Apr
7.30pm and 2.30pm except 10 Apr at 7pm
Matinees Thu and Sat from 12 Apr, plus Tue 24 Apr and 8 May

£20 / £16
£10 previews and Mondays (9, 16, 23 Apr only)

Signed performance: 14 Apr 2.30pm
Audio described performance: 5 May 2.30pm

There will be post show discussions on 18, 25 Apr and 2, 9 May
Directed by Simon Godwin
Designed by Mike Britton


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