Michael Gambon Will Take Beckett's EH JOE to London's West End

News   Michael Gambon Will Take Beckett's EH JOE to London's West End
Michael Gambon is to return to the West End with the world premiere stage production — first seen at the Gate Theatre Dublin — of Beckett’s television play EH JOE.

The 30-minute production, helmed by Atom Egoyan, will begin previews at London’s Duke of York’s Theatre June 27 and will officially open June 30.

Written in 1965 the play was broadcast by the BBC in 1966 and received its stage world premiere at this year’s Beckett Festival at the Gate Theatre Dublin.

According to production notes, “Joe sits in his room sealed off from the world. A voice nags him to examine the shards of a life lived roughly. As Joe wordlessly contemplates the voice's probing statements, an all-seeing camera captures the entire wave of human emotion. The gigantic visual image of Joe's face and the voice's spoken word entwine together in a mesmerizing farewell to life.”

EH JOE also features the voice of Penelope Wilton, who appeared in the Pinter Festivals at both the Gate Theatre Dublin and at New York’s Lincoln Center. Wilton won the Irish Theatre Award for Best Actress with her performance in Pinter’s A Kind of Alaska. Other stage credits include the 1978 premiere of Pinter’s Betrayal (also with Gambon), Friel’s Afterplay, The Philanthropist, West of Suez and The seagull for the RSC.

Egyptian-born Egoyan is best known as a film director. His latest screen work, “Where the Truth Lies,” received its premiere at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, and his stage production of Wagner’s Die Walkure will be mounted for the second time by the Canadaian Opera Company in 2006. Gambon’s stage credits include Cressida and The Caretaker in the West End, and, more recently, he played Falstaff in Nicholas Hytner’s production of Henry IV, Parts I and II.

For more on EH JOE, which will be performed twice nightly, call (0)870 060 6623.

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