Felicity Kendall Up to Her Neck In Hall’s Happy Days

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It’s one of the most famous roles in theatre, yet one which actresses might understandably feel uncomfortable about tackling, because there’s nothing remotely comfortable about spending an entire show buried up to your neck in soil. Still, that’s how Samuel Beckett wrote Winnie, the chatty but earthbound wife in Happy Days, so that’s what his leading ladies have to put up with.

  Felicity Kendall is the latest to brave the less than glamorous challenge, in Peter Hall’s production, opening at London’s Arts Theatre on Nov.18. Kendall, who found fame with her TV comedy series “The Good Life,” has worked extensively on the stage. Born into a family who toured India with Shakespeare productions (the subject of the Merchant Ivory movie “Shakespeare Wallah” in which she appears), she is a frequent visitor to the West End. Her most recent stage turn was the Charlotte Jones play Humble Boy, at the Gielgud Theatre. Hall has a long association with Beckett. He premiered the playwright’s most famous play, Waiting For Godot at the Arts Theatre, and last directed Happy Days in 1975. Felicity Kendall has worked with the Peter Hall Company many times; during its residence at the Old Vic she starred in Granville-Barker’s Waste and Chekhov’s The Seagull.

The Arts Theatre is on Great Newport Street. For ticket information call (0)207 836 3334.

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