By Mark Shenton
25 Mar 2014
She will begin performances Feb. 13, 2015, prior to an official opening Feb. 19, for a further five-week run through March 21. (The production's original run was Jan. 23-Feb. 22, 2014).
Directed by Natalie Abrahami, who previously directed After Miss Julie at the Young Vic in 2012, it also features David Beames as Willie. Design is by Vicki Mortimer, with lighting by Paule Constable and sound by Tom Gibbons.
According to press materials, "Beckett conceived one of the most memorable images in theatre in Happy Days: a middle-aged woman buried up to her waist in a great mound of earth. For his heroine, day and night are no more, the hours of waking and sleeping are signified by the ringing of a bell, and so it is that Winnie confronts her existential despair with absurd diversions and distractions, lurches of optimism and fragments of memories."
Stevenson's previous stage credits include performances as Isabella in Measure for Measure and Cressida in Troilus and Cressida, both for the RSC and for which she was Olivier-nominated. In 1990 she made her breakthrough in film playing Nina (a part written specifically for her) in Anthony Minghella’s cinematic debut, "Truly Madly Deeply," for which she received an Evening Standard British Film Award and a BAFTA nomination. The following year she won an Olivier Award for the role of Paulina in Death and the Maiden at the Royal Court.
Other theatre roles include the title role in Yerma (Olivier nomination), the title role in Hedda Gabler, The Caucasian Chalk Circle and Katie Mitchell’s production of The Seagull (all National Theatre); Duet for One (Evening Standard and Olivier Award nominations) at the Almeida and in the West End, and The Alice Trilogy and The Heretic (both at the Royal Court). She was BAFTA-nominated for her performance in Jimmy McGovern's BBC One drama "Accused" and for her role in Paula Milne's "The Politician's Wife" on Channel 4.
To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 7922 2922, or visit www.youngvic.org.