Endgame
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Endgame

The Old Vic · 27 JAN - 28 MAR

‘Go and get two bicycle-wheels.’ ‘There are no more bicycle-wheels.’ ‘What have you done with your bicycle?’ ‘I never had a bicycle.’

“An “uncharacteristically fun night of Beckett” was Time Out’s take. There’s some disagreement among the critics about this one but Alan Cumming and Daniel Radcliffe both receive plenty of praise for their performances. It’s certainly popular with audiences so if it sounds like it’s up your street then don’t be put off by the verdict of some less enthusiastic critics! It seems like one of the more subjective pieces on London’s stages at the moment.”
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Overview

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+

Critic reviews

Daniel Radcliffe and Alan Cumming await a riveting apocalypse

The Guardian

Beckett, I think, would have approved

WhatsOnStage

Daniel Radcliffe lacks magic in this theatrical non-starter

The Telegraph

Wonderful comic performances from Alan Cumming and Daniel Radcliffe breathe new life into Beckett’s masterful play

The Stage

Daniel Radcliffe gives his best stage performance yet in Samuel Beckett double-bill

Evening Standard

Cumming holds court deliciously like a pouting minor royal

The Arts Desk

This is the kind of crushing humour that simply dies in your throat even if you catch its improbable drift

London Theatre

Their provocations may not be easy to digest, but Jones's production makes sure that they linger in the mind beautifully

Broadway World

Paired with a brilliant Alan Cumming, Daniel Radcliffe shows off his gifts for physical comedy in this uncharacteristically fun night of Beckett

Time Out

Magnetic lead is Beckett’s main attraction

The Times

Daniel Radcliffe’s sarky slapstick is brilliant in Endgame, a stark vision of a post-apocalyptic world

The Independent

Still a deeply discomforting watch, Endgame reminds us just how radically Beckett changed the dramatic landscape, paving the way for innovative writers

Financial Times

Classic Beckett complexity meets an energetic cast with perfect timing

The Upcoming

An evening that is studded with arresting moments but lacks really powerful darkness

The Observer

The play oozes with timeliness but Jones’s deft direction leaves the audience to find it bubbling away around the edges themselves

Exeunt

If you’re prepared to let it in, Endgame will work its unforgettable magic

Londonist

Endgame and Rough for Theatre II are an excellently executed feel-bad pair of plays

A Younger Theatre
Save up to £56
Show offer details ▼ £108 / £78 now £52
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Book by 9 March

Date & time

Until 28 Mar
Mon 27 Jan - Sat 28 Mar, 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Venue

The Old Vic
The Cut SE1 8NB London, UK · Get Directions
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