Anthology Theatre, in association with Riverside Studios, announces full cast and creatives for the 60th anniversary production of Samuel Beckett’s masterpiece Happy Days, directed by Trevor Nunn. Simon Wolfe plays Willie, joining the previously announced Lisa Dwan as Winnie. Completing the creative team are designer Robert Jones (Fiddler on the Roof, Quiz), lighting designer Tim Mitchell (Upstart Crow, Kinky Boots), sound designer Johnny Edwards (Moorcroft), production manager Matt Towell (Waitress, Come From Away), and costume supervisor Kate Hemstock (The Full Monty, We Will Rock You).
The production opens on 20th June at Riverside Studios, where the playwright rehearsed Endgame in 1980 and Waiting for Godot in 1984, with previews from 11th June, and running until 25th July 2021.
‘Nothing more to say, nothing more to do’
Winnie and her husband Willie are stuck in every sense of the word. Endless days and nights pass by while they struggle on, with only each other for company.
Samuel Beckett’s world-renowned play Happy Days comes to the Riverside Studios in a landmark 60th anniversary production. Brought to you by a multi-award-winning creative team, with direction from Trevor Nunn and starring ‘Beckett interpreter of the first rank’ (Observer) Lisa Dwan as our heroine Winnie, this is a spirited and triumphant revival most pertinent for our unparalleled times.
Winnie takes comfort in the monotony of her existence, passing the time by completing routine tasks, her blithe and buoyant manner allowing her to believe ‘another happy day’ is occurring. But ritual and a sunny disposition can only keep Winnie’s head above the parapet for so long, before the futility of her and Willie’s existence threatens to engulf her completely.
This enduring, potent, and lively tale of existential limbo presents a playful, but poignant look, at human strength and survival amidst the most surreal of circumstances.
This brand-new production of Beckett’s two hander will be staged in a Covid safe environment following government advice and adhering to current social distancing guidelines.
Happy Days marks the first production from recently relaunched Anthology Theatre Productions. With a long history of investment and co-production, Anthology Theatre has repositioned itself as a full-scale production company, producing and managing its own work under newly appointed Managing Director & Executive Producer, Lil Lambley.
Riverside Studios, 101 Queen Caroline Street, Hammersmith, London W6 9BN
Box Office: 020 8237 1010
Building and Box Office are open from Monday – Sunday
The Bakery Opening Times: Monday – Saturday 9:00 – 16:00
Box Office Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday 10:00 – 22:00
20th June – 25th July 2021
Tuesday – Saturday at 7.30pm
Matinees: Saturdays and Sundays at 2.30pm
Additional midweek matinees at 2.30pm: 24th June, 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd July
£42.50, £37.50, £27.50, £17.50
Previews: £37.50, £32.50, £22.50, £10.00
Access rate available
When booking, patrons will be booking tickets within a price band, and seats will be allocated on the day of performance. This enables the venue to seat patrons socially distanced within the best configuration for audience experience. Audiences are encouraged to book in advance.