Full cast and creative team has been announced for the highly-anticipated 60th anniversary production of Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days at Riverside Studios.
Directed by Trevor Nunn, cast includes Simon Wolfe as Willie, joining the previously announced Lisa Dwan as Winnie.
Completing the creative team are designer Robert Jones (Fiddler on the Roof, Quiz), lighting designer Tim Mitchell (Upstart Crow, Kinky Boots), sound designer Johnny Edwards (Moorcroft), production manager Matt Towell (Waitress, Come From Away), and costume supervisor Kate Hemstock (The Full Monty, We Will Rock You).
This production of Happy Days is set to open on 17 June at Riverside Studios, where the playwright rehearsed Endgame in 1980 and Waiting for Godot in 1984. The show will run until 25 July 2021.
One of Beckett’s most popular plays, it sees Winnie and her husband Willie stuck in every sense of the word. Endless days and nights pass by while they struggle on, with only each other for company.
Winnie takes comfort in the monotony of her existence, passing the time by completing routine tasks, her blithe and buoyant manner allowing her to believe “another happy day” is occurring. But ritual and a sunny disposition can only keep Winnie’s head above the parapet for so long, before the futility of her and Willie’s existence threatens to engulf her completely.
This brand-new production of the two hander will be staged in a Covid-safe environment following government advice and adhering to current social distancing guidelines.
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