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All That Fall transfers to the Arts Theatre

All That Fall

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

NEXT month, Trevor Nunn’s acclaimed production of Samuel Beckett’s All That Fall, starring Eileen Atkins and Michael Gambon, is transferring to the Arts Theatre, where it runs from November 6 to November 24, 2012.

Previously Posted: Full casting has been announced for Trevor Nunn’s production of Samuel Beckett’s All That Fall, which runs at Jermyn Street Theatre from October 11 (previews from October 9) to November 3, 2012.

Joining the previously announced Eileen Atkins and Michael Gambon are Catherine Cusack, Oliver Barry-Brook, Ruairi Conaghan, Ian Conningham, Aidan Dunlop, Frank Grimes, James Hayes and Gerard Horan.

Previously Posted: Trevor Nunn will direct Eileen Atkins and Michael Gambon in Samuel Beckett’s All That Fall at Jermyn Street Theatre, where it runs from October 11 (previews from October 9) to November 3, 2012.

All That Fall charts the journey of old and unwieldy Mrs Rooney as she drags herself towards a railway station on a Saturday lunchtime to meet her blind husband on his way back from the office to guide him home.

Along the way she passes the time of day with a man with a dung cart and a man with a bicycle. A third man with a motor-car offers her a lift and a church-struck spinster helps her up the station steps.

All That Fall was specially commissioned by the BBC as a radio play, and when it was first heard on the Third Programme in 1957, it was immediately and universally acclaimed for its comic and linguistic exuberance. The Times Literary Supplement described it as:

“A most impressive and original piece of writing for the ear, comparable in its impact, though not at all in its tone or mood, with Under Milk Wood. The use of language has a rich local flavour; there is a rhetorical zest, a rhythmical extravagance, and a melancholy humour, that recall Synge and O’Casey.”

Talking about All That Fall, Trevor Nunn said:

“For many years I have been hoping to present Samuel Beckett’s extraordinary radio play All That Fall on stage. The Jermyn Street Theatre is the perfect intimate space for this unique project, as I attempt to recreate the studio circumstances for which the play was written. Most excitingly, this rare staging of a little known Beckett masterpiece has attracted the involvement of two world famous actors, Eileen Atkins and Michael Gambon, to play the leading parts of Mrs and Mr Rooney.

“Richly showing Beckett’s connection to O’Casey, the play moves through comedic situations to a conclusion as disturbingly bleak as anything in his writing. My hope is that audiences won’t try to find and read the play beforehand, but come to it as if it is a new work about which they know almost nothing. The impact of this play will then be at its most devastating.”

Jermyn Street Theatre has a burgeoning reputation for attracting the very best talent in British theatre in order to rediscover and stage lesser-known works by major writers.

It has won recent acclaim with its productions of Charles Dyer’s Mother Adam, Ibsen’s Little Eyolf starring Imogen Stubbs, The River Line by Charles Morgan, The Two-Character Play by Tennessee Williams and The Art of Concealment about the celebrated playwright Terence Rattigan.

In 2011 Jermyn Street Theatre was nominated for the Peter Brook Empty Space Award and in July 2012 in another major first, the theatre will present the UK premiere of Henrik Ibsen’s St John’s Night directed by Anthony Biggs.

Tickets: £18 weekdays and matinees, £20 Friday and Saturday evenings – available from the box office on 0207 287 2875 and online at www.jermynstreettheatre.co.uk.

Times: Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 3.30pm (no matinee on October 10).