Bringing together world-class artists to celebrate one of the greatest playwrights of the 20th century

Following the sell-out success of the Beckett Festival in 1999, and the Gate Theatre, Dublin and the Barbican join forces again to celebrate Beckett’s 100th birthday, by presenting the Beckett Centenary Festival, simultaneously in London and Dublin.

For six weeks, the entire Barbican Centre hosts Beckett events in each of its venues encompassing drama, prose, poetry, film, visual arts and music. Whether you are new to Beckett or familiar with his range of work, the Barbican offers you the chance to explore his work further.

'The Beckett Festival at the Barbican is the brightest thing on the London stage.' The Scotsman 1999

'The Beckett Festival has been a triumph on many fronts. It has in fact spilled out beyond the Barbican. An enthralling season.' Financial Times, Sept 15 1999

'The Beckett Festival was a revelation. Again and again, the strength and depth of the artists proved exceptional. This was a season in which every performance led one deeper into Beckett.' Financial Times Sept 22 1999

'What this festival confirmed was the spare scrupulousness of his drama, and the marvellous precision of his language.' The Daily Telegraph 1999

'Season of dazzling delights. A triumph.' The Guardian 1999

barbicanbite06 would like to thank CityJet for their support of the Beckett Centenary Festival.

The Gate Theatre, Dublin would like to thank Culture Ireland for their support of the Beckett Centenary Festival.

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