A writer in the resistance, a siege in the room –
Disembodied voices haunt the stage
To shed light on a vanishing world

From 19 September 2019

A Dead Centre and Gate Theatre Co-Production

A play without performers, Beckett’s Room tells the story of the apartment in Paris where Samuel Beckett lived with his partner Suzanne during the Second World War. A story of Art and Resistance, the audience listen through headphones and gaze upon a spectacle of absence – the absence of bodies on stage focuses us more intently on their stories, on the world changing around us, and changed by us.

From the makers of LIPPY, Chekhov’s First Play and Hamnet, this is the biography of a room, and an invitation to bear witness to a world as it disappears.




Cast & Creatives

Voices: Viviane De Muynck, Valentijn Dhaenens, Christoph Gawenda, Brian Gleeson, Moritz Gottwald, Barbara Probst, Laurence Roothooft

  • Directors
    Bush Moukarzel and Ben Kidd
  • Producer
    Aisling Ormonde
  • Dramaturgy
    Nicholas Johnson
  • French Translator and Assistant Dramaturg
    Céline Thobois
  • German Translator and Assistant Dramaturg
    Peter Krauch
  • Set Designer
    Andrew Clancy
  • Lighting Designer
    Stephen Dodd
  • Sound Designer
    Kevin Gleeson
  • Video Designer
    José Miguel Jiménez
  • Design Assistant
    Florentina Burcea

Dates & Tickets

We ask that patrons with mobility issues please book directly through our Box Office on 01 874 4045.

Previews: from Thurs 19th September 2019
Opening Night: Mon 23 September 2019
Matinees: Select Saturdays – 2.30pm
Evenings: Mon to Sat – 7.30pm

Tickets: from €15

Running Time: 75 Minutes without interval (est.)

Age Guidance: Beckett’s Room is recommended for audiences aged 14+. Read about the Gate Theatre’s Age Policy here.

Language: Beckett’s Room is performed in English, French* and German*.
*With English Surtitles

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★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Musings In Intermissions

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
“A play with no performers and plenty of magic”
Irish Times

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
“a sumptuous sensory feast”

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
“truly magical”
Irish Examiner

Learn More

About Dead Centre

Dead Centre was founded by Bush Moukarzel and Ben Kidd in 2012. Their first project, Souvenir, was created for the Dublin Fringe in 2012 and later toured to London, New York, Brisbane and Seoul. LIPPY premiered at the Dublin Fringe in 2013 and has since travelled around the world, including to Berlin, New York and the Young Vic in London. It has won multiple awards, including the Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Production, two OBIE Awards, and a Fringe First. Chekhov’s First Play premiered in 2015 at the Dublin Theatre Festival, and has toured throughout the world, including to Russia, France, Germany, London, Hong Kong and Amsterdam. Hamnet premiered at the Schaubühne, Berlin, and opened at the Dublin Theatre Festival in 2017. It has since toured worldwide including to London, Hong Kong, Boston and Berlin. Their most recent production, Shakespeare’s Last Play, premiered at the Schaubühne in 2018.

Group Bookings

Group discounts are available for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday performances. If you would like to arrange for a large group (10 or more) to attend an upcoming performance at the Gate, contact us directly on 01 874 4045 or email boxoffice@gate-theatre.ie.

Dublin Theatre Festival 2019

Beckett’s Room is part of Dublin Theatre Festival 2019. Dublin Theatre Festival is an annual event that brings together artists, theatre-makers and audiences from Ireland and around the world. Learn More.



Supported by the Goethe-Institut Irland