Daniel Radcliffe Returning to London Stage in Samuel Beckett Twin Bill
For the first time in two years, Daniel Radcliffe will soon be treading the London boards in a Samuel Beckett twin bill, the Associated Press has reported.
The actor has signed on to join fellow stage veteran Alan Cumming at the Old Vic Theatre in early 2020 for a primary production of Endgame. The macabre comedy by celebrated Irish playwright Beckett is hailed as one of his best works by critics and is the follow-up to Waiting for Godot.
The Irish Independent says Cumming will be featured in the role of Hamm, an “old, blind tyrant confined to a wheelchair.” Hamm has found himself in a stalemate with his servant, Clov (Radcliffe), who is unable to sit.
The production will also feature a performance by the two actors of Beckett’s lesser-known and rarely produced short play Rough for Theatre II. That piece tells the tale of two bureaucrats – the practical and organized Bertrand and the hot-tempered, swearing-prone Morvan – and their symbiotic yet volatile relationship.
The evening of Beckett is scheduled to begin previews January 27, 2020, with performances kicking off February 4, 2020. Tickets are on sale now.
Radcliffe most recently completed a Broadway run in The Lifespan of a Fact, which has garnered him mention in the conversation surrounding potential Tony Award nominees. He last appeared in London in 2017 in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.
In addition to Radcliffe’s productions, the Old Vic will open a new, immersive reimagining of A Christmas Carol on December 4, adapted by Jack Thorne, the writer of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Tickets for that show are also on sale now.