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How It Is (Part Two)

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.

How It Is (Part One) saw an unnamed narrator recount a journey in mud and darkness towards a fellow traveller, Pim, repeating his life as he heard it uttered by another voice. In Part Two he has joined Pim, and violence seems the only way to make sense of his bizarre predicament.

"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) whilst a continuation of Beckett’s prose work is also a unique standalone theatrical experience.


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. They continue their three-part adaptation of Beckett’s masterpiece How It Is, engaging once more with The Coronet Theatre’s auditorium and with the gleaming instruments of The Irish Gamelan Orchestra led by composer Mel Mercier and featuring soloists Nick Roth (saxophone) and Claudia Schwab (violin).

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Wed 15 April – Sat 02 May 7:30pm


Unreserved Seating




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

£15 schools
Concessions available


  • Performed by
    Stephen Dillane and Conor Lovett

Creative team

  • Director and Designer
    Judy Hegarty Lovett
  • Music and Composer
    Mel Mercier and The Irish Gamelan Orchestra with guest musicians Nick Roth and Claudia Schwab
  • Lighting Designer
    Simon Bennison
  • Design Transfer Consultant
    Ferdia Murphy

Additional Information

Supported by the Royal Victoria Hall Foundation

Funded by The Arts Council of Ireland.

London transfer supported by Culture Ireland.