"There is no play of the twentieth century I find more marvelous" - Financial Times
"One of the great masterpieces of post-war theatre" - Independent
The image of faded beauty, Winnie, buried up to her waist in sand is one of the most compelling in modern theatre. Happy Days is the story of an eternal optimist facing the harsh realities of life with a smile, endless chatter and an enduring cheerfulness. With her handbag at her side and her husband Willie nearby, she never allows a day to pass without looking her best and hoping for better.
One of Britain’s most popular stars joins an illustrious line up of great actresses who have played Winnie in Beckett’s sublime comedy. Felicity Kendal was last in Bath in Noel Coward’s Fallen Angels. Her numerous theatre credits include Humble Boy, Amadeus and Arcadia for the Royal National Theatre and The Real Thing, Jumpers and Indian Ink in the West End. Her television series include The Good Life, Solo and The Mistress.
Written in Paris in 1961, Nobel-Prize winning Beckett is the author of Waiting For Godot, Endgame and Krapp’s Last Tape and has been acclaimed as one of the greatest writers of our time. This will be the first time his work has ever been seen on the Theatre Royal Bath’s main stage.
Peter Hall presents The Peter Hall Company 2003 during Summer 2003 at the Theatre Royal Bath and this year celebrates fifty years as a director. One of the world’s most distinguished theatre directors, he has previously directed Felicity Kendal in An Absolute Turkey, Mind Millie For Me, The Seagull and Tartuffe.