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Intense Adult Themes, Strong Language
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RECOGNITION / AWARDS
Named among the "10 most influential postwar British plays" by Guardian UK!
"Happy Days" was written in 1960 and first produced in London at the Royal Court Theatre in November 1962. Winnie: [ ...] Well anyway - this man Shower - or Cooker - no matter - and the woman - hand in hand - in the other hands bags - kind of big brown grips - standing there gaping at me [...] What's she doing? he says. What's the idea? he says - stuck up to her diddies in the bleeding ground - coarse fellow. What does it mean? he says. What's it meant to mean? - and so on - lot more stuff like that - usual drivel - Do you hear me? He says. I do, she says, God help me. What do you mean, he says, God help you? (stops filing nails, raises head, gazes front.) And you, she says, what's the idea of you, she says, what are you meant to mean?
"A song of rue that will haunt the inner ear long after you have heard it... Mr. Beckett's threnody is grim, but in its muted, tremulous way it shimmers with beauty. For he has refined his theatre into something that parallels the elusiveness and overtones of music. His writing is spare and allusive, wry and grave, direct and poetic. He dispenses with the commonplaces of plot and action; nevertheless, he arrives at an emotional essence...If Mr. Beckett does not lift the heart, his mournful song is at least compassionate, and that is a great deal." - The New York Times
Happy Days was first preseted at the Cherry Lane Theatre in New York City on September 17, 1961. It was directed by Alan Schneider. It was subsequently presented at London's Royal Court Theater on November 1, 1962. It was directed by George Devine.