Happy Days Hits 60

Staff Reporter (18 November, 2020)

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. 

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Anthology Theatre, in association with Riverside Studios, presents the 60th anniversary production of Samuel Beckett’s masterpiece Happy Days. Trevor Nunn directs Lisa Dwan as Winnie, continuing their collaboration following Eh Joe at Jermyn Street Theatre. The production opens where the playwright rehearsed Endgame in 1980 and Waiting for Godot in 1984.

‘Nothing more to say, nothing more to do’ – 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.

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.

Lisa Dwan by Faye Thomas

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.

This brand-new production of Beckett’s two-hander will be staged in a Covid safe environment following government advice and adhering to social distancing guidelines.

Riverside Studios, 101 Queen Caroline Street, Hammersmith, London W6 9BN from 16 February – 28 March 2021. Times: Tuesday – Saturday at 7.30pm; Matinees:  Saturdays and Sundays at 2.30pm. Additional midweek matinees at 2.30pm: 17, 25 February, 4, 11, 18 and 25 March. Admission: £10 – £42.50. Box Office: 020 8237 1010

https://www.riversidestudios.co.uk/

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