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Gare St Lazare Ireland presents First Love by Samuel Beckett & Title and Deed by Will Eno

First Love: Arcola Theatre, 24 Ashwin Street, Dalston, E8 3DL

Box Office: 020 7503 1646

Title and Deed: Print Room, Coronet, 103 Notting Hill Gate, London, W11 3LB

Box Office: 020 3642 6606

A man, a woman, a recollection. First Love is one of Samuel Beckett's most masterful stories.

A characteristic blend of tragedy and comedy First Love was written in 1948 but only published in 1971. In this acclaimed staging, Conor Lovett - who has performed in 18 roles by Beckett - plays the narrator who can't forget his expulsion from the family home and how he arrived at a park bench, and became infatuated with the woman he met there. Gare St Lazare is internationally regarded as among the finest exponents of Beckett’s work. The company has toured to over 80 cities worldwide. First Love marks their first Beckett performance in London since Lessness at the National Theatre in 2002.

"Conor Lovett deserves his reputation as one of the greatest Beckett actors of our time. His timing and manner is perfect as he switches between humour, confusion, genuine joy, apathy and shocking moments of anger or despair. His lilting Irish accent is the ideal vehicle to deliver Beckett’s words, lending both humour and pathos to the narrative. He and director Judy Hegarty Lovett have staged a play that is so simple that it’s almost overwhelming." The Australian Stage

"Such a pleasing triumph."

The New York Times

"The piece is pebble-dashed with erudition, vulgarity and frequently hilarious self-deprecation which seems very familiar. At least half of that pleasurable sense of familiarity, of course, comes from the work of Lovett. He has become so much the Beckett performer of choice that his voice, his humour, his ways of controlling attention, more and more, form our idea of Beckett."

Dublin Evening Herald

Title and Deed will be at The Print Room from Wednesday 14 January to Saturday 7 February. The Press performance is on Friday 16 January at 7.30pm.

Title and Deed is written by Will Eno, directed by Judy Hegarty Lovett and performed by Conor Lovett. Conor Lovett received The Stage Award for Acting Excellence, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2014.

A nameless traveller from a far off place searches for connection and solace in an unknown country in this funny and sad meditation on mortality, loneliness, innocence, home, family, love, funerals, words, and the world.

A provocative new work by Pulitzer Prize finalist and Horton Foote Prize winner Will Eno, whom The New York Times called “a Samuel Beckett for the Jon Stewart generation.”

Title and Deed premiered at Kilkenny Arts Festival in 2011 and in 2012 it ran at Pershing Square Signature Theatre Centre, New York for six weeks in a co-production with Signature Theatre Company and supported by Culture Ireland.

“ a haunting and often fiercely funny meditation on life as a state of permanent exile, performed by the marvelous Irish actor Conor Lovett.” — Charles Isherwood - The New York Times

Gare St Lazare Ireland have just returned from a sold out season in Shangai. They will be touring in Sweden, Denmark, Greece and South Africa in October 2015 and in Australia and New Zealand in 2016.

Will Eno’s play ‘The Realistic Joneses’ played to great success at the Lyceum Theater Broadway starring Toni Colette, Michael C Hall, Tracy Letts and Marisa Tomei earlier this year.

Will Eno is a Residency Five Fellow at the Signature Theatre in New York His latest play The Open House was at Pershing Square Signature Theatre Centre earlier this year and was awarded The Lucille Lortel Award for Best New Play Off-Broadway. Both Title and Deed (Gare St Lazare/Signature Theater) and THE REALISTIC JONESES made the New York Times’ "Best Plays of 2012" list. Gnit, an adaptation of Ibsen’s Peer Gynt, premiered at the Actor’s Theatre of Louisville in 2013. Middletown, winner of the Horton Foote Award, premiered at the Vineyard Theater and was subsequently produced at Steppenwolf Theatre. Thom Pain (based on nothing) was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize, It won a Fringe First Award at Edinburgh 2005 and has been translated into over a dozen languages.

Thurs 20th Nov - Sat 13th Dec, 7.30pm. Press night: Friday 21st November.
London Overground to Dalston Junction and Dalston Kingsland
Buses: 149, 242, 76, 243, 38, 56, 30, 277

Title and Deed: Wednesday 14th January - Saturday 7th February, Press night: Friday 16th January 2014
Tube: Notting Hill Gate Buses: Buses: 27, 28, 52, 70, 328, 390, 452, N28, N31

3 November 2014