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A Kind of Alaska / Krapp's Last Tape

By Harold Pinter / Samuel Beckett

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5 Apr - 12 May
£20 / £16

Performances at 7.30pm 
Matinees at 2.30pm on Thursdays and Saturdays from 12 Apr, plus Tue 24 Apr and Tue 8 May

Post-show discussions 18 Apr, 25 Apr, 02 May, 09 May. See bottom of page for list of speakers.

The Audio Described facility on 5 May, 2.30pm is regrettably no longer available.

Directed by Simon Godwin

Designed by Mike Britton


Two plays by two giants of 20th century theatre

This spring, we invite you to witness a major theatrical event.

Two short plays by Samuel Beckett and Harold Pinter in a rare pairing that brings together two of the most influential writers of the twentieth century.

After his triumphant productions of Faith Healer and Far Away, Bristol Old Vic and Royal Court Associate Director Simon Godwin will direct Pinter's A Kind of Alaska and Beckett's Krapp's Last Tape; plays that explore memory, healing and the sensation of time.

A Kind of Alaska

Deborah wakes after 29 comatose years to a reality she cannot accept, relationships she does not remember and a body she no longer knows. In this brief awakening, she begins to understand that she has spent the prime of her life like this, trapped within a waking sleep.

Krapp's Last Tape

On his birthday, a sixty-nine year old Krapp listens to a recording of his younger self. But, after a life of failure, withdrawal and physical decline, the youthful idealism that confronts him makes the passing of time even more acute.

Two great plays that open compelling and tender dialogues between past and present.

Join us for an evening of sublime mystery.

There will be post-show discussions on 18, 25 Apr and 2, 9 May with guests including Harold Pinter's widow, Lady Antonia Fraser, senior lecturer in Beckett Studies at Reading University, Ulrika Maude, University of Bristol's Professor of Performance, Simon Jones, and Dr Richard Wharton who set up a trust for Encephalitis Lethargica - the illness that Deborah in A Kind of Alaska suffers from.


Richard Bremmer (above) plays Krapp (Krapp's Last Tape) and Hornby (A Kind of Alaska)

Marion Bailey (above) plays Deborah (A Kind of Alaska)

Carolyn Backhouse plays Pauline (A Kind of Alaska

Creative Team


Simon Godwin



Mike Britton



Charles Balfour

Lighting Designer


Dan Jones

Sound Designer


Julia Horan CDG

Casting Director


Rosy Banham

Assistant Director


Phoebe Radula-Scott

Costume Supervisor

Post-show discussions:

18 Apr: Lady Antonia Fraser, author and widow of Harold Pinter, chaired by Bristol Old Vic Director of Outreach John Retallack

25 Apr: Ulrika Maude, author of books on both Pinter & Beckett and Prof. of Beckett Studies from Bristol/Durham Universities, chaired by Associate Director Simon Godwin

2 May: Dr Richard Wharton, based in Bath and who set up a trust for Encephalitis Lethargica, chaired by Artistic Director Tom Morris

9 May: Simon Jones, Professor of Drama (Bristol Uni), chaired by Artistic Director Tom Morris

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