Visionary director and visual artist Robert Wilson brings Beckett’s haunting one-man play to the stage in a sharply stylised show described by the Guardian as a ‘masterpiece’.
Amid the cacophony of a torrential thunderstorm, an old man prepares to archive his last year on tape, as he has done on the eve of every birthday since he was a youth. Selecting an earlier recording, Krapp listens to his brashly confident younger self and is drawn into a chilling personal dialogue, his despair and isolation laid bare.
During a tour de force performance as Beckett’s world-weary figure, Wilson recalls the movement of silent movie greats such as Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin. He holds the audience rapt with every nuanced expression and gesture, set against a ghostly backdrop of shadow and light.
Throughout his extraordinary theatre career, Wilson has always felt a kinship with Beckett’s work. For this revelatory realisation of Krapp’s Last Tape, he calls on the acting, directing and designing techniques he has developed over the past 45 years.