After seeing a rather avant-garde interpretation of Krapp’s Last Tape at the Barbican a few months ago, I was looking forward to a more “traditional” production at the Broadway Theatre in Barking. Beckett’s play was originally written for the Irish actor Patrick Magee, produced at the Royal Court in 1958. This production is directed by Fiona Baddeley and stars Tom Owen as Krapp.
The play explores Krapp, an elderly gentleman, as he listens to tape recordings of his past self while he prepares to complete another recording. The performance is intimate, funny and tragic, as Krapp muses on his past as he sits alone at his desk. Ultimately I did prefer this more subdued performance to the one which took place in the cavernous Barbican.