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Happy Days Poster

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Title

Happy Days Poster

Subject

Beckett, Samuel, 1906-1989. Happy Days.

Description

Though Whitelaw and Beckett worked well together in the past and were close friends, this production, which Beckett directed, tried that friendship. Whitelaw, as Winnie, had memorized her (many) lines ahead of time, not knowing Beckett had made changes to the text and had rethought the Winnie character significantly, creating a tense and confusing atmosphere for Whitelaw. Finally, Beckett agreed to take an extended break from the set. The rehearsals went smoother, the performances were received well by critics and audiences, and the relieved playwright and actress resumed their friendship.

Creator

Royal Court Theatre

Publisher

Royal Court Theatre, London

Date

1979

Relation

Actors in Beckett's Plays exhibit case
To Tom Bishop, 18 July 1979: "All ended well in London. The only performance I saw was the first preview, from the sound box in the gods. 2nd act particularly good. I saw only one review. The Gauardian. Favourable. Big success with public. Last week queues all the way to tube station, according to Jocelyn. For the BBC TV recording poor Billie was suffering from some throat & sinus viral infection but got through somehow through sheer will power. Have just heard from Tristram how impressed they all were by her performance." -The Letters of Samuel Beckett: 1966-1989, pp. 506-507

Format

jpeg, 300 ppi

Language

English

Type

Poster

Identifier

VMF233_happy_days_001.jpg

Citation

Royal Court Theatre, “Happy Days Poster,” WUSTL Digital Gateway Image Collections & Exhibitions, accessed July 15, 2020, http://omeka.wustl.edu/omeka/items/show/14917.