13 April 2006

Salute to Beckett on 100th anniversary of writer's birth


13/04/2006 - 07:37:58

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usCities around the world will today host events to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Samuel Beckett’s birthday. (Photo from

Beckett, who wrote most of his major work in French, was born in Foxrock, Co Dublin on April 13, 1906.

Dublin will today join London, Paris, New York and Tokyo in organising centenary celebrations to honour the eccentric writer.

A host of top actors including Charles Dance, Michael Gambon, John Kavanagh, David Kelly and Penelope Wilton will read extracts from Beckett’s work at the Gate Theatre.

The theatre holds exclusive performance rights for the writer’s plays in Ireland and Britain.

Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, the municipal area where Beckett was born, will today host the Beckett Country Exhibition organised by scholar Eoin O’Brien.

Caroline Murphy, a niece of Beckett, will also launch the Beckett Centenary Travel Bursary for an artist to travel from this part of the country to Paris in search of artistic inspiration.

Fans of Beckett in Paris will today make the annual pilgrimage to his grave in Montparnasse Cemetery to lay fresh flowers.

Beckett moved to Paris in the late 1930s where his most famous work, Waiting for Godot, was first performed in January 1953.

He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1969.

Previous commemorations of Beckett were held in Dublin in 1981 and 1986 for his 75th and 80th birthdays.

North Tipperary Government TD and former teacher Maire Hoctor yesterday criticised RTE for screening Beckett’s plays when most people were likely to be in bed.

“Surely his artistic output, celebrated the world over, deserves more sensible scheduling than after midnight,” she said.

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