Set in a bare, partially underground room, Beckett's 1957 existentialist play finds a wheelchair-bound Hamm passing the time by ordering his servant Clov to move him around, fetch objects and peer out the window for signs of life, while his bin-dwelling parents Nagg and Nell look on.
A veteran stage actor, Gambon (pictured) was one of the original members of the National Theatre Company under Laurence Olivier at the Old Vic. Last year, he starred in Caryl Churchill's A Number at the Royal Court, while his other recent appearances have included, in the West End, The Caretaker, Cressida, The Unexpected Man, Tom and Clem and A View from the Bridge, for which he won the Best Actor Olivier. On screen, he's been seen in Dennis Potter's The Singing Detective, for which he won many awards, as well as Gosford Park, Dancing at Lughnasa, Sleepy Hollow, The Insider and the new Harry Potter film.
Comedian Lee Evans is well known for his stand-up as well as for his film appearances in the likes of There's Something About Mary and Mouse Hunt. He and Gambon will be joined in the cast by Liz Smith (This Is a Chair, When We Were Married). Endgame will be designed by Rob Howell, with lighting by Hugh Vanstone.
The production follows Peter Hall's current West End revival of Beckett's Happy Days, starring Felicity Kendal, while a 50th anniversary production of his Waiting for Godot, also directed by Hall, is planned for 2005.
Currently at the Albery, Francis Veber's French comedy See U Next Tuesday, adapted by Ronald Harwood, has extended its season to 25 January 2004 (See News, 5 Dec 2003). It stars another comedian - Irishman Ardal O'Hanlon, of Father Ted fame - alongside Nigel Havers.
- by Terri Paddock