Whilst we have no reason to disagree with current scientific and government advice on coping with the Coronavirus, given the new travel and other restrictions in place it is nevertheless becoming increasingly impractical to sustain business as usual at our theatre.
We are very sympathetic to people’s personal circumstances, as we are to the audiences who are still excited to visit the theatre and see our productions. We are also extremely aware of our employees’ financial dependence on work being presented and tickets being purchased. So it is with great sadness that we have had to decide to suspend the presentation of Endgame in a double bill with Rough for Theatre II for the next two weeks, which is the remainder of its run.
The Old Vic operates in an unusual way for a non-commercial theatre in that it has no Arts Council support. Instead it is completely dependent on philanthropic donations, sponsorship and ticket sales. In light of this a full refund of all lost performances would be financially devastating for us, so we are asking all ticket holders for the cancelled performances to please consider donating the cost of the ticket rather than requesting a credit note or refund. For those who donate, we are able to offer a link to an exclusive video recording of the entire production of Endgame, captured earlier in the run, a private video message of appreciation from the cast, and a free Friends membership entitling you to Priority Booking valid for one year.
Gaining access to this film is an extraordinary opportunity that has been permitted by the writer’s estate, the acting company and Creative team in a rarely made decision allowing us to say a heartfelt thanks to you for helping sustain The Old Vic, one of the UK’s most loved and needed cultural and civic centres. The video recording was made for private archive purposes but all parties have agreed to let it be shared specifically with those who will no longer be able to attend.
Daniel Radcliffe and Alan Cumming await a riveting apocalypse
Beckett, I think, would have approved
Daniel Radcliffe lacks magic in this theatrical non-starter
Wonderful comic performances from Alan Cumming and Daniel Radcliffe breathe new life into Beckett’s masterful play
Daniel Radcliffe gives his best stage performance yet in Samuel Beckett double-bill
Cumming holds court deliciously like a pouting minor royal
This is the kind of crushing humour that simply dies in your throat even if you catch its improbable drift
Their provocations may not be easy to digest, but Jones's production makes sure that they linger in the mind beautifully
Paired with a brilliant Alan Cumming, Daniel Radcliffe shows off his gifts for physical comedy in this uncharacteristically fun night of Beckett
Magnetic lead is Beckett’s main attraction
Daniel Radcliffe’s sarky slapstick is brilliant in Endgame, a stark vision of a post-apocalyptic world
Still a deeply discomforting watch, Endgame reminds us just how radically Beckett changed the dramatic landscape, paving the way for innovative writers
Classic Beckett complexity meets an energetic cast with perfect timing
An evening that is studded with arresting moments but lacks really powerful darkness
The play oozes with timeliness but Jones’s deft direction leaves the audience to find it bubbling away around the edges themselves
If you’re prepared to let it in, Endgame will work its unforgettable magic
Endgame and Rough for Theatre II are an excellently executed feel-bad pair of plays
Daniel Radcliffe and Alan Cumming deliver Beckett’s quirky tales with sufficient spark and comedic zest