Photographs of Happy Days by Samuel Beckett (1979 revival starring Billie Whitelaw)


Samuel Beckett's Happy Days was first staged in 1961 at the Cherry Lane Theatre, New York. This revival, produced at the Royal Court Theatre in 1979, was directed by Beckett and starred Billie Whitelaw as Winnie. In a set designed by Jocelyn Herbert, these production photographs show Whitelaw in the first act of the play, buried up to her waist in a mound of sand. Winnie's handbag and some its contents can be seen within the shots.

Whitelaw's interpretations of Beckett's plays are renowned for their power. She is regarded as a definitive Beckettian performer, as well as Beckett's muse. Beckett wrote Footfalls (1976) specifically for her, and the two had a very close, collaborative working relationship.

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Photographs of Happy Days by Samuel Beckett (1979 revival starring Billie Whitelaw at the Royal Court Theatre)
7 June 1979, Royal Court Theatre, London
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Donald Cooper [photographer]
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