Krapp's Last Tape

Play in one act by Samuel Beckett

Performed by Robert Wilson

Premiered on June 28, 2009 at the Festival of the Two Worlds, Caio Melisso Theater, Spoleto, Italy

Performed in English.

Robert Wilson’s production of Beckett’s classic Krapp’s Last Tape premiered in 2009 and has been shown at many theaters worldwide—in Western Europe, the Americas, Australia, Russia and China. Maybe most importantly, in 2012, it received its knighting in Ireland, Beckett’s own home country, where the press hailed the show as “stylish and powerful” as well as “freeing Beckett’s work from the preconceptions that so often define it.”

After Happy Days (2008), Krapp's Last Tape was the second Beckett production in Robert Wilson's career.

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Robert Wilson not only directs and designs, but also performs Samuel Beckett’s one-man play Krapp’s Last Tape, 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

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