Trevor Nunn to direct Lisa Dwan in 60th anniversary production of Samuel Beckett’s ‘Happy Days’

Anthology Theatre, in association with Riverside Studios, has announced that Trevor Nunn will direct a 60th anniversary production of Samuel Beckett’s masterful two-hander, Happy Daysstarring Lisa Dwan as Winnie.

The production will open on 18 February 2021 at Riverside Studios – where the playwright rehearsed Endgame in 1980 and Waiting for Godot in 1984 – with previews from 16 February, and will run until 28 March 2021.

Happy Days will reunite Nunn and Swan following their collaboration on Eh Joe at Jermyn Street Theatre.

Lisa Dwan – photograph by Faye Thomas

‘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. 

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 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.

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