The play, originally performed at the Royal Court in 1958, features Krapp who, each year on his birthday records a tape reflecting on the events in his life. Now an old man, he replays passages from his tapes of the previous 30 years and recalls his past loves, disappointments and fascinations.
Krapp's Last Tape will be Gambon’s third Beckett play presented in the West End in recent years, following the dialogue-free Eh, Joe (also transferred from the Gate) in 2006 and Endgame, with Lee Evans in 2004. His other recent stage credits include No Man’s Land, Celebration, Henry IV, The Caretaker, A Number, The Unexpected Man and Troilus and Cressida.
Currently at the Duchess, The Secret of Sherlock Holmes, which opened 20 July 2010 (previews from 15 July), is due to finish on 11 September. Following Krapp's Last Tape, a rather different beast, Chichester Festival’s transfer of the musical version of Erich Segal weepie Love Story opens on 6 December 2010 (previews from 27 November).