Teatro Carlos Alberto

Krapp’s Last Tape

by Samuel Beckett
direction Nuno Carinhas
Centro Cultural de Belém, Teatro Nacional São João

Krapp’s Last Tape


Krapp is in Krapp‚Äôs head that is in Krapp‚Äôs head. On each passing birthday, he resorts to a tape recorder to salvage what is ‚Äúnever to be forgotten‚ÄĚ. He keeps switching the machine on and off; he rewinds and fast-forwards the tape, repeating some passages and erasing others. Memory operates discontinuously; some of its gaps are unbridgeable. In Krapp‚Äôs Last Tape, the recorded voice intermixes with life, or is life perhaps nothing more than the voice listening to itself? Nuno Carinhas returns to what he describes as ‚Äúprobably the most nostalgic, melancholic and lyrical play Samuel Beckett ever wrote‚ÄĚ. In Uma Noite no Futuro, a production Carinhas directed in 2018, Krapp shared the stage with characters from Old Tune (Beckett‚Äôs adaptation of Robert Pinget‚Äôs La Manivelle) and Gil Vicente‚Äôs Auto da F√©. Now, however, Krapp sits alone at home. ‚ÄúPast midnight. Never knew such silence. The earth might be uninhabited. Here I end this reel. Box three, spool five.‚ÄĚ


by Samuel Beckett direction, costume and set design Nuno Carinhas

cast João Cardoso direction assistance João Castro translated by Francisco Luís Parreira lighting design Nuno Meira sound design Francisco Leal

co-produced by Centro Cultural de Belém, Teatro Nacional São João

playing time 1:00 Ages 12 and up

Post-show talk 16 Apr