Shakespeare Theatre Company Presents John Hurt in Krapp's Last Tape

Shakespeare Theatre Company Presents John Hurt in Krapp's Last Tape

The Shakespeare Theatre Company welcomes Oscar-nominated actor John Hurt to the company's stage in Samuel Beckett's one-man show, Krapp's Last Tape. Direct from the Gate Theatre in Ireland, the production will be presented at the company's Lansburgh Theatre (450 7th St. NW) from November 29 to December 4, 2011.

The Gate Theatre's Krapp's Last Tape joins a long list of hugely successful productions presented at STC, maintaining a commitment to bring top-quality theatre to the D.C. area. "We are thrilled to continue our efforts through our presentation series to bring amazing theatre from around the globe to Washington, D.C. that otherwise may not be seen here," says Chris Jennings, STC's Managing Director. "Given their long standing history with Samuel Beckett, this is the perfect production to introduce the Gate Theatre from Dublin, Ireland, to our audiences." STC previously presented Phèdre from The National Theatre of Great Britain, The Great Game: Afghanistan from London's Tricycle Theatre and Black Watch from The National Theatre of Scotland. Most recently, the first national tour of FELA premiered at STC's Sidney Harman Hall. In March, STC will present Basil Twist's Petrushka at the Lansburgh Theatre.

STC is the first of only two venues to present the production in the country. Because Krapp's Last Tape will be presented at the Lansburgh Theatre, audiences will be able to experience the story in an intimate setting. This limited engagement, previously performed in Dublin and London, will continue its U.S. tour in New York from December 6 to December 18. The Daily Telegraph exclaims, "This is the play, and the production you should see...I cannot imagine it better performed."

Krapp's Last Tape tells the story of a man alone on his 69th birthday, preparing for his own "party" of sorts, surrounded by volume after volume of a life on tape. Before recording his annual account of another year gone by, Krapp carefully selects a vintage tape and drinks of his past. What he hears from his 39-year-old self may irrevocably change his future. In Krapp's Last Tape, Nobel Prize-winning playwright Samuel Beckett reminds us that while we may know more now than we did when we were younger, our past always has something to teach us. Hurt's performance in this masterful solo-study has been heralded as "perfection" and "unmissable" by The Independent, bringing new depths to the bitterly nostalgic title character.

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John Hurt is best known for his insightful portrayals of character roles. He was most recently seen as Mr. Olivander in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part 2. His most notable film roles include Alien, V for Vendetta, The Naked Civil Servant, Scandal, The Hit, Nineteen Eighty-Four, A Man For All Seasons, Midnight Express and The Elephant Man. On stage, he has performed in such productions as Travesties, The Dwarfs, Afterplay and London Vertigo. His television credits include I Claudius, The Alan Clark Diaries and An English Man in New York for which he received a special Teddy Award at the 2009 Berlin Film Festival for his outstanding acting performance. He has received numerous awards including six BAFTA nominations and three BAFTAS, two Oscar nominations, the Evening Standard Award and a Golden Globe. Hurt was granted a C.B.E. in 2004 and was awarded a Fellowship by the British Film Institute in October 2009.

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