Nothing stirs outside. In a bare room, Hamm, an old, blind tyrant confined to a wheelchair, is locked in a stalemate with his servant Clov. Interrupted only by the nostalgic musings of Hamm’s ancient parents, this bleakly funny double act cling stubbornly to their routine of casual savagery and mutual dependence.
Richard Jones (The Hairy Ape, Into the Woods) directs Beckett’s macabre comedy in which hope and cruelty are the last things to die.
Endgame will be presented in a double bill with Samuel Beckett’s rarely seen short play Rough for Theatre II, performed by members of the company.
Age Recommendation: 14+
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