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Samuel Beckett
Robert Wilson

production dates

Spoleto, Italy
Spoleto 52 Festival dei due mondi
Teatro Caio Melisso
28-29 June 2009

Naples, Italy
Teatro Mercadante
25-27 October 2009

Ferrara, Italy
Teatro Comunale
18 November 2009

Bogotà, Colombia
Festival Iberoamericano de Teatro de Bogotà
Teatro Fanny Mikey
19-21 March 2010

Athens, Greece
IME Theatre
8-9 May 2010

Seoul, South Korea
National Theater
24-25 September 2010

Rome, Italy
Teatro Valle
10-11 October 2010

Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzigovina
National Theater
31 October 2010

Lodz, Poland
Teatr Wielki
20-21 November 2010

Porto Alegre, Brazil
Porto Alegre em Cena
Theatro Sao Pedro
23-25 September 2011

Paris, France
Athenee Theatre Louis-Jouvet
2-8 December 2011

St.Polten, Austria
Landestheater Niederoesterreich
23-24 March 2012

Sao Paulo, Brazil
SESC Belezinho
14-20 April 2012

Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, UK
International Beckett Festival
Ardhowen Theatre
25 - 27 August 2012

Geneva, Switzerland
Theatre Forum Meyrin
22-23 February 2013

Reggio Emilia, Italy
Teatro Ariosto
27-28 February 2013

Moscow, Russia
Theater Center Na Strastnom
6 October 2013

Milan, Italy
Teatro dell'Arte / Triennale
20 October 2013

Perth, Australia
His Majesty's Theatre / International Arts Festival Perth
22-23 February 2014

Beijing, China
National Theatre / 6th Theatre Olympics Festival
6-7 December 2014

Toulouse, France
Theatre Garonne
20-22 February 2015

Amsterdam, Netherlands
Stadsschouwburg/ Holland Festival
6-7 June 2015

London, UK
Barbican Center
19-21 June 2015





Samuel Beckett's KRAPP'S LAST TAPE is a solo/dialogue. One actor onstage carries on a conversation with his own voice recorded many years before. An old man sitting alone in his "den" on his birthday gets ready to make a recording about the past year of his life, as he has done on every birthday since he was a young man. Getting ready to make the new recording, he listens to a recording he made some 30 years before, at the end of a year that was perhaps the last truly happy one in his life. Bitter, funny, ironic, he finds it hard to recognize himself in the brash, romantic, confident voice of his youth.

Robert Wilson not only directs and designs, but also performs the work, his first appearance as an actor since his HAMLET: A MONOLOGUE (last performed in 2000). The work provides a unique opportunity for his performing talent, being a blend of his signature highly detailed and rigorous integration of movement, lighting and sound, and within that framework, a structure that leaves a great deal of freedom for the spontaneity of response that makes his live performance so exciting.

Wilson has often been compared with Beckett, both being masters of the stark simplicity that is one of the most difficult artistic achievements. Nothing is extraneous, not a word, not a movement. In the brief hour of this work, Beckett and Wilson in a few simple strokes paint a vision of the world that is very particular and at the same time, universal.

(Sue Jane Stoker)


Robert Wilson in
by Samuel Beckett

Conceived, designed and directed by Robert Wilson
Costumes and collaboration to the set design Yashi
Lights A.J. Weissbard
Sound Peter Cerone / Jesse Ash

Associate director Sue Jane Stoker
Assistant director Charles Chemin

Technical director Reinhard Bichsel
Lighting supervisor Aliberto Sagretti
Sound engineer Guillaume Dulac / Nick Sagar
Stage manager on tour Thaiz Bozano
Chief stagehand Corinna Gassauer / Violaine Crespin
Make up artist Marielle Loubet / Claudia Bastia
Tour manager Laura Artoni

A project by
Change Performing Arts
commissioned by Spoleto52 Festival dei 2 Mondi
Grand Theatre de Luxembourg
produced by Fondazione CRT Milano