Evans will line up alongside Michael Gambon, coming back to the stage after his cinematic “Harry Potter” duties, for Beckett’s Endgame in spring 2004. Gambon starred in the play when it was directed for TV by Conor McPherson in 2000 (alongside David Thewlis). The play depicts Hamm and his parents, Nagg and Nell, and their static lives in an unnamed wasteland, while Clov rushes around getting things for them. When Nagg and Nell die, Hamm must face up to the prospect of moving – but where?
There’s been a rash of starry Beckett productions in the West End in recent years, kicked off by Ben Kingsley and Alan Howard in Peter Hall’s hit 1997 production of Waiting For Godot. That was followed, among others, by John Hurt in Krapp’s Last Tape and Felicity Kendall in Happy Days. Neither is Endgame likely to be the only Beckett in town in 2004, with Hall talking of again reviving Godot - a play he premiered in London.