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How It Is (Part 2) - 2019

(This is a past event and is no longer running)

It is with great sadness that we have to announce that The Coronet Theatre will be closed until the Autumn season. The Coronet hopes to reschedule as much of this outstanding work as possible – more information to follow as soon as possible. Please see here for the most up to date information. Please consider making a donation or joining as a member to enjoy the theatre when we are open once more.

Samuel Beckett

Produced by
Gare St Lazare Ireland and The Coronet Theatre in association with The Everyman (Cork)

Directed and Designed by
Judy Hegarty Lovett


★★★★★ ‘Gare St Lazare have certainly brought the wow factor to Beckett … (and) deserve to be congratulated, and cherished, for their uncompromising artistic vision.’ – Irish Examiner

‘A high recommendation – it’s a beautiful piece of work.’ –  Helen Meany (RTÉ Radio Ireland)

Director/designer Judy Hegarty Lovett with actors Stephen Dillane and Conor Lovett, and sound designer/composer Mel Mercier return to The Coronet Theatre joined by the Irish Gamelan Orchestra featuring soloists Nick Roth (saxophone) and Claudia Schwab (violin), with the UK premiere of the second instalment of Beckett’s tripartite novel, How It Is, following the success of Part One in 2018.

In a compelling innovation of form that pushes language to its limits, Beckett has created a work that is as evocative and emotionally charged as it is perplexing.

“The unparalleled Beckett champions” (New York Times) will once again reimagine the intimate auditorium of The Coronet Theatre in this new and ambitious in-the-round staging. How It Is (Part Two) is a unique standalone theatrical experience.

How It Is (Part Two) has recently been nominated for two The Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards: Best Director for Judy Hegarty Lovett and Best Soundscape for Mel Mercier and The Irish Gamelan Orchestra. The awards ceremony will take place on 05 Apr in Dublin.

Praise for How It Is (Part One):

★★★★ ‘An unflinching exploration of identity and narrative voice’- The Stage
★★★★ ‘Brace yourself for an acutely intense, nigh-on spiritual night at the theatre’- Time Out
★★★★★ ‘A flawless conjunction of acting and staging’- Irish Times

Additional Information


Wed 15 April – Sat 02 May 7:30pm


Unreserved Seating




£20 previews (15-16 April)
£30 standard

£15 schools
Concessions available

Creative team

  • Directed and designed by
    Judy Hegarty Lovett
  • Text performed by
    Conor Lovett and Stephen Dillane
  • Music composed by
    Mel Mercier and the Irish Gamelan Orchestra
  • Music performed by
    Mel Mercier, the Irish Gamelan Orchestra, Nick Roth and Claudia Schwab
  • Lighting designed by
    Simon Bennison
  • Transfer Advisor
    Ferdia Murphy
  • Production Manager
    Conor Mullan
  • Stage Manager
    Sadhbh Barrett Coakley
  • Producer
    Maura O'Keeffe

Additional Information

Gare St Lazare Ireland has an international reputation for excellence. For over 20 years, joint artistic directors Judy Hegarty Lovett and Conor Lovett have explored Samuel Beckett’s work, paying particular attention to works not written for the stage.


Production Supporters:

Supported by the Royal Victoria Hall Foundation

Funded by The Arts Council of Ireland.

London transfer supported by Culture Ireland.


Photos– Clare Keogh