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    1. June 23, 2015

      Krapp’s Last Tape, Barbican, London — review

      As a director and designer, Robert Wilson has long been a consummate master of painting with light, creating successions of...

    2. June 14, 2015

      All That Fall, Barbican, London — review

      Beckett wanted his 1957 radio play to “come out of the dark”. Unlike other theatrical stagings — most recently Trevor Nunn’s...

    1. June 7, 2015

      ‘Waiting for Godot’; ‘Lessness’, Barbican, London — review

      Thankfully, neither the pointy ears of Elrond in the Lord of the Rings films nor the compulsion to self-replicate of Agent...

    2. May 24, 2015

      ‘Britain and Europe’, by Dáithí O’Ceallaigh and Paul Gillespie

      In Samuel Beckett’s play, Endgame, one of the two main characters is unable to stand up and the other is unable to sit down....

    3. April 15, 2015

      The Twits, Royal Court Theatre, London — review

      Even when a work sets out to be unsettling, it needs to unsettle in a way that draws the audience in rather than putting us...

    4. January 19, 2015

      Title & Deed, Print Room Theatre, London — review

      Like his UK-breakthrough play a decade ago, thom pain (based on nothing) , Will Eno’s latest piece comes to London from the...

    5. November 23, 2014

      How the Irish MBA market is set to expand

      When Trinity College Dublin was planning the construction of its Berkeley Library in 1959, fundraisers made a beeline for...

    6. September 17, 2014

      Ballyturk, National Theatre (Lyttelton), London – review

      “Do you know my name?” – “I made myself forget it.” Sounds like pure Samuel Beckett, doesn’t it? Which, these days, means...

    7. September 5, 2014

      A red lip Beckett would approve of

      When Samuel Beckett penned “Not I”, his rapid-fire monologue for a disembodied mouth, in 1971, I’m pretty certain he didn’t...

    8. August 22, 2014

      The Slow Lane: Happy Days are here again

      Festivals can have large and small ambitions – or both at the same time. The Salzburg Festival was founded after the...

    9. August 6, 2014

      BBC Proms: European Union Youth Orchestra, Royal Albert Hall, London – review

      It’s always so touching when performers remember their manners, but Sinfonia, Berio’s collage of music and literary texts,...

    10. May 9, 2014

      Ilya and Emilia Kabakov’s installation for Monumenta

      Fail better,” Samuel Beckett advised, and no space in the world invites artists to do so more flamboyantly than the...

    11. April 4, 2014

      ‘Echo’s Bones’, by Samuel Beckett

      Echo’s Bones, by Samuel Beckett, Faber, RRP£20, 128 pages Samuel Beckett, with his quizzically peering gaze and handsome,...

    12. January 26, 2014

      A Dialogue with Nature: Romantic Landscapes from Britain and Germany, Courtauld Gallery, London – review

      Standing before Caspar David Friedrich’s gloomy Romantic painting “Man and Woman Contemplating the Moon”, Samuel Beckett...

    13. January 14, 2014

      Not I/Footfalls/Rockaby, Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, Royal Court, London – review

      On its first visit to the Royal Court last year, Lisa Dwan’s 40th-anniversary revival of Not I was publicised in part as a...

    14. October 21, 2013

      Avigdor Arikha: Works from 1966-2010, Marlborough Fine Art, London – review

      Among an abundance of outstanding works at the exhibition by Avigdor Arikha at the Marlborough Gallery, his 1975 painting...

    15. August 30, 2013

      Beckett plays, Edinburgh Festival

      “There’s nothing certain in mortality except mortality.” So says a character in the blood-boltered Revenger’s Tragedy, and...

    16. August 30, 2013

      Enniskillen’s Beckett festival

      The headmaster of Portora Royal School declares that Samuel Beckett baited a weakling teacher in the hall where we’re...

    17. June 13, 2013

      Cinema reviews: Man of Steel, Much Ado About Nothing and more

      Watching the bewildering cycles and recycles of the cinema’s comic-book superhero sagas, it is hard not to think you’re at a...

    18. May 24, 2013

      Tennis and termites

      Here and Now: Letters 2008-2011, by Paul Auster and JM Coetzee, Faber RRP£20/Viking RRP$27.95, 256 pages With the advent of...

    19. May 23, 2013

      Not I, Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, Royal Court, London – review

      It is dark except for a woman’s mouth which materialises eight feet in the air. The mouth utters amputated phrases at...

    20. March 5, 2013

      Watt, Barbican, London

      “An unsatisfactory book, written in dribs and drabs” – that is how Samuel Beckett described his second novel, written while...

    21. December 6, 2012

      So postmodern it’s criminal

      What is the difference between a film plot and a human being? If you blindfold human beings, they cannot walk a straight...

    22. November 9, 2012

      Beyond Bollywood

      A Catholic community in Mumbai takes on the shopping mall developers threatening its homes. A psychiatric doctor in war-torn...

    23. September 2, 2012

      Euro crisis on hold – till after US election

      “Let’s go. Yes, let’s go. (They do not move).” Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot Beckett’s 1953 play captures this moment in...

    24. August 31, 2012

      Waiting for Beckett

      Act One of Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days opens with Winnie “embedded up to above her waist” in a mound. Act Two: Winnie is...

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      April 16, 2012

      Further reading

      Elsewhere on Monday, - Why Spain has lost it. - Has Spain lost it? - ‘Daddy, you are more evil than I thought.’ - Why I sold...

    26. February 20, 2012

      Blood Knot, Signature Center, New York

      Athol Fugard’s Blood Knot received only one performance at its world premiere in Johannesburg in 1961. It has since become a...

    27. February 17, 2012

      Blood and ink

      New Ways to Kill Your Mother: Writers and Their Families, by Colm Tóibín, Viking, £20, 346 pages Beware the family that has...

    28. The World

      February 15, 2012

      In the Picture: Greece under pressure

      Louisa Gouliamaki for AFP/Getty Images Want to know a little of how it feels to live in Greece today? This photo, taken in...

    29. December 28, 2011

      Manzoni: Azimut, Gagosian Gallery, London

      Had Piero Manzoni not made art out of excrement he would probably have enjoyed the status of Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper...

    30. December 9, 2011

      Best words ho, from Beckett

      From Mr Matthew Hyland. Sir, Both Edward Luce (“Now on Broadway! Waiting for Euro”, December 5) and Lord Patten (Letters,...

    31. December 9, 2011

      Euro crisis and ‘Happy Days’

      From Mr Tony Delamothe. Sir, Following on from Edward Luce’s and Lord Patten’s suggestions for lines from the plays of...

    32. November 11, 2011

      On to the next stage

      “This is where Decca turned down the Beatles,” says Deborah Warner, a little ominously, as we meet inside English National...

    33. October 14, 2011

      Brassaï in America

      On April 2 1957, the Hungarian-born photographer, Gyula Halász, known as Brassaï, and his wife, Gilberte, boarded the liner...

    34. The World

      July 11, 2011

      A man on Mars, and other fiscal follies

      The space shuttle is in its last ever flight, and Washington is locked in debt talks that now resemble a Samuel Beckett play...

    35. June 6, 2011

      Fin de partie, Théâtre de la Madeleine, Paris

      Pitch-perfect: Isabelle Sadoyan as Nell and Michel Robin as Nagg   (Picture by Dunnara Meas) Samuel Beckett described...

    36. March 18, 2011

      Small talk: Manuel Rivas

      Manuel Rivas was born in Galicia, northern Spain, in 1957. He began his writing career as a journalist and continues to...

    37. March 9, 2011

      Auditors would deflate accounting bubbles

      Craggy-featured Irish writer Samuel Beckett supposedly said that he was sure of only three things – that he had been born,...

    38. February 26, 2011

      Small talk: Joseph O’Connor

      Joseph O’Connor was born in Dublin in 1963 and worked as a journalist before devoting himself to novel-writing. His debut,...

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