These will include Robert Wilson performing in his own production of Krapp's Last Tape, and a visit from the Sydney Theatre Company in Andrew Upton's production of Waiting for Godot, featuring Australian screen and stage stars Richard Roxburgh, Hugo Weaving and three-time Olivier winner Philip Quast.
Krapp's Last Tape, performed, directed and designed by Robert Wilson, will begin performances June 19 in the Barbican Theatre, for a run of five performances only through June 21. According to press materials, Wilson recalls the movement of silent movie greats such as Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin as Beckett's world-weary figure, set against a ghostly backdrop of shadow and light. Throughout his theatre career, Wilson has always felt a kinship with Beckett's work. He now calls on the acting, directing and designing techniques he has developed over the past 45 years.
Sydney Theatre Company's production of Waiting for Godot will precede it, beginning performances June 4 for a run through June 13. The cast comprises Richard Roxburgh as Estragon (who recently received the Helpmann Award for Best Actor for his performance in the production), Hugon Weaving as Vladimir, Philip Quast as Pozzo and Luke Mullins as Lucky (recipient of both the Helpmann and Sydney Theatre Awards for this performance).
The festival will also include Lisa Dwan reprising her solo trilogy of Not I, Footfalls and Rockaby that she has previously presented in the West End (in the Barbican Pit from June 2-7), Irish theatre artist Olwen Fouéré presenting a reading of Beckett's Lessness (in the Frobisher Auditorium, June 5-8), Pan Pan Theatre in All That Fall (in the Pit, June 10-21) and Company SJ in Rough for Theatre I and Act Without Words II (at a venue beyond the Barbican to be advised, running June 12-20).
Tickets for the season go on general sale Sept. 22. For further details and to book tickets, contact the box office on 0845 120 7511 or visit http://www.barbican.org.uk/theatre.