Beckett Triple Bill coming to Jermyn Street Theatre

London theatre news: Thursday 21 November 2019

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Early in the New Year, Trevor Nunn will direct a triple bill of Samuel Beckett's work - starting the 2020 season at Jermyn Street Theatre.
Beckett Triple Bill at Jermyn Street Theatre

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Early next year, there'll be a treat for fans of Samuel Beckett's work as Jermyn Street Theatre brings three of the writer's short plays to the London stage, directed by Trevor Nunn, former Artistic Director of the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

The triple bill consists of:

Krapp's Last Tape

Eh Joe

The Old Tune

and is set to run from 15 January to 8 February 2020 (find full listing details here).

About the cast

The cast consists of Niall Buggy, Lisa Dwan, James Hayes and David Threlfall.

James Hayes began his career in Laurence Olivier's newly formed National Theatre at The Old Vic, appearing on-stage alongside the likes of Olivier, Maggie Smith, Anthony Hopkins and Diana Rigg.

His career spans a six decade period in which he has worked with directors such as Peter Hall, Trevor Nunn, Greg Doran and Marianne Elliott.

He has toured the world from Shanghai to New York and has the distinction of performing in more productions at the NT than any other living actor - over 50 plays across the decades.

Lisa Dwan is an Irish television, stage and film actor best known for her performances in and adaptations of the works of Samuel Beckett.

Mentored by Beckett's muse, Billie Whitelaw, she has performed his work at the Royal Court Theatre, in the West End, at the Barbican Centre and at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Niall Buggy won an Olivier Award for his performance in Terry Johnson's Dead Funny in the West End and played Henry Sellers in Channel 4's Father Ted.

His other award winning roles include the lead in Brian Friel's adaptation of Uncle Vanya at The Gate Theatre Dublin, for which he won an Irish Times Theatre Award and his performance of Casimir in Friel's Aristocrats at Hampstead Theatre and on Broadway, which won him the Clarence Derwent Award, The Time Out Award and the Drama Desk Award.

He also won best performance at the UK Theatre Awards for his role in Seán O'Casey's Juno and the Paycock in the West End.

David Threlfall is best known for starring as Frank Gallagher in Channel 4's Shameless.

A Royal Shakespeare Company regular, he shot to fame in the early 1980s in David Edgar's acclaimed adaptation of Dickens' The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby.

His stage career has seen him perform lead roles at The National Theatre, The RSC, The Royal Exchange, Chichester Festival Theatre, The Almeida and The Young Vic, to name but a few.

About the venue and its 2020 season

Jermyn Street Theatre is celebrating its 25th anniversary in the heart of London's West End.

In 2017 it became a producing house and has since forged partnerships with theatres in New York, Munich, Frankfurt, Newbury, Guildford, Oxford, Cumbria and York, producing over twenty world premieres alongside several rediscoveries.

Jermyn Street Theatre's 2020 Season also features ...


By Paul Minx

Directed by Harry Burton

World Premiere

12 February - 7 March (press performance - 14 February)

Harry Burton, best known for his acclaimed productions of Harold Pinter's work, directs the world premiere of a new comedy by Paul Minx about loneliness and friendship in the big city.


By William Shakespeare

Directed by Tom Littler

11 March - 4 April 2020

Michael Pennington, one of the foremost actors of his generation, plays Prospero in a production helmed by the venue's Artistic Director, Tom Littler, which later moves to Theatre Royal Bath.

This follows Littler's production of All's Well That Ends Well, starring Hannah Morrish and Gavin Fowler.


By Alan Ayckbourn

Directed by Robin Herford

21 April - 16 May 2020

Co-produced with The Mill at Sonning

Alan Ayckbourn's first major success is directed by his long-term collaborator Robin Herford (The Woman in Black), in a production transferring from The Mill at Sonning.

Relatively Speaking is a comedy of misunderstandings and mistaken identities.


By Edward Einhorn

Directed by Edward Einhorn

Produced by Jermyn Street Theatre by special arrangement with James L. Simon Productions and Untitled Theater Company No. 61

European Premiere

20 May - 20 June 2020

When it premiered in 2017 Edward Einhorn's work became a major off-Broadway hit, earning rave reviews.

Einhorn directs his own 'marriage farce' about one of the most famous same-sex partnerships of the 20th century, in which he imagines a celebrity wedding populated by all the literary greats of the age.


By Sarah Ruhl

Adapted from the original novel by Virginia Woolf

Directed by Stella Powell-Jones

24 June - 18 July 2020

Virginia Woolf's celebrated time and gender shifting novel is adapted by Sarah Ruhl (In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play, Dear Elizabeth) and directed by the theatre's former Associate Artistic Director, Stella Powell-Jones.

The autumn opens with two world premieres by the celebrated playwright and director Peter Gill (The York Realist).

The first is his new version of Chekhov's Three Sisters directed by Tom Littler.

Gill has previously adapted Chekhov's The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, and The Cherry Orchard.

This is followed by Gill's new play Something in the Air, a play about love and memory set in London, co-directed by Gill and Alice Hamilton.


By Anton Chekhov

New version by Peter Gill

Directed by Tom Littler

World Premiere

9 September - 3 October 2020.


By Peter Gill

Co-directed by Peter Gill and Alice Hamilton

World Premiere

7 - 31 October 2020


By Timberlake Wertenbaker

Directed by Jimmy Walters

Co-produced with Proud Haddock

4 - 28 November 2020 (press performance - 6 November 2020)

After Darwin, Wertenbaker's play about progress, immigration and theatre, was last seen at the Hampstead Theatre and receives its first revival directed by Jimmy Walters in a co-production with Proud Haddock.


By John Nicholson

2 December 2020 - 16 January 2021

The year concludes with the London premiere of the acclaimed Peepolykus work, which was previously seen at the Liverpool Everyman.

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