Robert Wilson
Krapp's Last Tape

by Samuel Beckett

19 - 21 June 2015 / 20:00, 17:00

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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.

Part of our International Beckett Season

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‘An amazing show, a masterly performance’ Le Figaro (France)

1 hour 10 mins/no interval

Age guidance 12+

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This event is part of:
Theatre & Dance
International Beckett Season


Presented by the Barbican

A project by Change Performing Arts

Produced by Fondazione CRT Milano / centro ricerche teatrali

Commissioned by Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg and Spoleto52 Festival dei 2Mondi


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