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Krapp’s Last Tape

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About the Show Less...

Michael Gambon returns to the London stage in Samuel Beckett’s tale of a man with an odd birthday ritual. Read More >

Michael Gambon returns to the London stage in Samuel Beckett’s tale of a man with an odd birthday ritual, Krapp’s Last Tape.

Krapp’s Last Tape follows one self-absorbed man who, every year on his birthday, sits down to record his memories from the past year. But on his 69th birthday he takes a step further into the past. Listening to his old recordings, he soon stumbles upon a single tender memory from long ago that sparks a growing regret as he starts to question whether his present lives up to his past.

Krapp’s Last Tape is Gambon’s third London performance in a Beckett play in recent years, following 2004’s Endgame and 2006’s Eh Joe. His other recent stage roles include Pinter’s No Man’s Land, Celebration and The Caretaker, Henry IV Part 1 and Part 2 at the National Theatre and A Number at the Royal Court. His film credits include playing Dumbledore in all but two of the Harry Potter films, Layer Cake, Gosford Park and Dancing At Lughnasa.

This production of Krapp’s Last Tape is a transfer from Dublin’s Gate theatre.


Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 15/09/2010

Opening Night: 22/09/2010

Closing Night: 20/11/2010

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Cast & Creative


Michael Gambon


Director - Michael Colgan

Author - Samuel Beckett

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