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Krapp's Last Tape

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Theater Program of La Dernière bande. Acte sans paroles, with texts by Jean-Louis Barrault, Paul-Louis Mignon, and Ludovic Janvier.

In February 1970, The Madeleine Renaud-Jean-Louis Barrault company reopened with a series of Samuel Beckett plays including Krapp’s Last Tape, Act Without Words, Happy Days, and Waiting for Godot.


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Cover of “Krapp ou La Dernière bande,” an opera score by Marcel Mihalovici (Paris: Heugel & Cie, 1961).

Marcel Mihalovici approached Beckett to write a libretto for an opera commissioned by the Bielefeld Opera Company. Beckett, having an aversion to writing “on command,” persuaded him to use one of his works already in existence. Mihalovici’s choice was Krapp’s Last Tape.


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Photograph of Donald Davis in the Provincetown Playhouse’s Production (New York, 1960) of Krapp’s Last Tape.

The play was double billed with Edward Albee’s The Zoo Story.


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Photograph of Hume Cronyn in Krapp’s Last Tape which opened 20 November 1972 in The Forum Theater at Lincoln Center as one of the three plays performed during the Samuel Beckett Festival.