Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 26 October 2014

Stars turn out for Gambon's debut

Sir Michael Gambon stars in Krapp's Last Tape in the West End

Harry Potter actor Sir Michael Gambon has made his West End debut as the title role in Krapp's Last Tape.

Stars including Dame Maggie Smith, Tom Hollander and David Walliams turned out to support the actor, known for playing Philip Marlow in The Singing Detective and, more recently, Dumbledore in the Harry Potter films.

Sir Michael appeared in the Samuel Beckett play during its run in Dublin, before it transferred to the Duchess Theatre in London.

After the performance, Sir Michael said: "I'm so used to being in the West End that I find it quite usual. First night is a bit frightening but you deal with it."

The actor will be doing the 52-minute play twice a night during its run, which may prove a challenge given that his character is required to eat two bananas during each performance.

But he revealed: "I only eat one, the next one I fake eating. I eat the end and I throw the other end away when I go off stage.

"I'm indifferent to the taste but they're good for you."

His character in the one-man play is reflecting on his life on his 69th birthday.

The actor, who is the same age as Krapp, said: "That's probably why I got the part!"

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