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Happy Days

by Samuel Beckett

13 Feb - 21 Mar

Main House


A short film directed by Natalie Abrahami featuring Juliet Stevenson, inspired by Happy Days

Show information 

The smash hit returns in 2015.

Olivier Award-winning stage and screen actress Juliet Stevenson (Truly Madly Deeply, Death and the Maiden) takes on of one the great roles in Samuel Beckett’s surreal masterpiece Happy Days, directed by Natalie Abrahami.

Trapped in a scorched wasteland with her detached husband, Winnie keeps despair at bay with ritual, song and her trusty lipstick. But is our buoyant, hopeful heroine in denial of her ever-diminishing world?

50 years on this powerful tale of resilience – and of a woman’s ability to survive against overwhelming odds – still shocks and amazes.

“Natalie Abrahami’s production is perfectly paced… Stevenson is magnificent” 
Evening Standard 

“A tour de force. Juliet Stevenson is faultless in Beckett's haunting tragicomedy”
Daily Telegraph

“Juliet Stevenson gives an extraordinarily expressive performance in Natalie Abrahami’s brutal and tender production”
Time Out

“Stevenson’s Winnie is a magnificent monument to English suburban ordinariness in Natalie Abrahami’s grimly funny, absurdly painful revival”
The Guardian

“Stevenson exudes a winning naturalism in Natalie Abrahami’s impeccable production”

Click here to see what audiences have to say about Happy Days. 


Monday - Saturday: 7:30pm

Saturday matinees: 2:30pm

Running time: 2 hours (incl. interval)

Please note that latecomers may not be admitted.


Tickets: £10, £19.50, £25, £35 
Previews: (13 - 18 Feb£10, £19.50

A limited number of discounts are available for each performance. Early booking is advised.

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In the press

Juliet Stevenson talks to Theatre Voice about the return of the critically acclaimed Happy Days.

"He really is a genius" Juliet Stevenson talks to The Independent on Sunday about Happy Days and performing the work of Samuel Beckett

Samuel Beckett's biographer and friend James Knowlson writes about the possible inspirations for Happy Days in The Guardian

Happy Days director Natalie Abrahami discusses the production on Radio 4's Start The Week

Juliet Stevenson's cultural highlights in The Observer

BBC Radio 4's Front Row interviews Juliet Stevenson about Happy Days

First Impressions: Juliet Stevenson in The Lady

The greatest show on earth: Juliet Stevenson talks to The Independent about the 'summit' role of Winnie in Happy Days

"Two hours a night I'm buried in gravel... I couldn't ask for more" Juliet Stevenson discusses her Happy Days experience with the Evening Standard

Direction Natalie Abrahami
Design Vicki Mortimer
Light Paule Constable 
Sound Tom Gibbons
Movement Joseph Alford
Casting Julia Horan CDG

David Beames
Juliet Stevenson

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