He is cast opposite Alan Cumming, the Scottish-American actor who, in contrast to Radcliffe, made his name on the stage but has more recently received critical acclaim (in the form of two Oscar nominations) for his supporting role in American legal-political drama The Good Wife.
Beckett fans will be familiar with the absurdity: after an undisclosed disaster of some kind, Hamm (played by Cumming) finds himself trapped at home with his servant Clov (Radcliffe). Hamm is blind and cannot stand up, whereas Clov cannot sit down; Hamm’s parents Nagg and Nell, who live in dustbins and have no legs, complete the line-up. As in Waiting for Godot, for which Beckett is best remembered, it’s sheer dialogue that drives the performance – nothing seems to happen, and yet the undercurrent is deeply unsettling.
Endgame is followed by the lesser lesser-known short play Rough for Theatre II, to form a Samuel Beckett double bill. Revolving around two bureaucrats in an apartment, it echoes the same strange, spiraling dialogue as Endgame. Bizarre or otherwise, this duo of plays is likely to sell out fast with name like Daniel Radcliffe’s on the bill.
Tickets for Endgame at the Old Vic are now on sale. Click here to book.
|What||Endgame, Old Vic Theatre|
|Where||The Old Vic, The Cut, London, SE1 8NB | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Waterloo (underground)|
27 Jan 20 – 28 Mar 20, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
|Price||£10 - £100|
|Website||Click here for more information and tickets|