Anthology Theatre in association with Riverside Studios present
The Arts Desk
‘A work of towering GENIUS.’
‘Dwan has the audience spellbound. Formidable’
‘A riveting play abut human endurance, is masterfully done. A triumph.’
Winnie and her husband Willie are stuck in every sense of the word. Endless days and nights pass by while they struggle on, with only each other for company.
Samuel Beckett’s world-renowned play Happy Days comes to the Riverside Studios in a landmark 60th anniversary production. Brought to you by a multi-award-winning creative team, with direction from Trevor Nunn and starring ‘Beckett interpreter of the first rank’ (Observer) Lisa Dwan as our heroine Winnie, this is a spirited and triumphant revival most pertinent for our unparalleled times.
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 enduring, potent, and lively tale of existential limbo presents a playful, but poignant look, at human strength and survival amidst the most surreal of circumstances.
Happy Days will delight and astound you in equal measure, reminding us of the true incomparability of the live theatre experience.
CAST AND COMPANY
Winnie – Lisa Dwan
Willie – Simon Wolfe
Understudy Winnie – Claire Morrissey
Director – Trevor Nunn
Designer – Robert Jones
Lighting – Tim Mitchell
Sound – Johnny Edwards
Production Manager – Matt Towell
Costume Supervisor – Kate Hemstock
‘An ASTONISHING performance from Lisa Dwan.
Has to be seen to be believed. '