Auckland Arts Festival presents Barry McGovern in


by Samuel Beckett

25 MAR - 29 MAR 2020 — Theatre



Auckland Arts Festival


1 hour with no interval



Irish actor and legendary Samuel Beckett expert Barry McGovern performs his exceptional stage adaptation of the novel Watt for the first time in New Zealand.

Arriving in the countryside, Watt begins a slow, existential trek to the home of Mr. Knott. But how will this itinerant manservant cope when he reaches the residence of his unseen employer, with a confounding list of duties and a collection of extraordinary characters?

The great Irish actor Barry McGovern has received acclaim around the globe for his one-man performance since 2010, and it remains among the finest, funniest and most popular Beckett interpretations ever.

Capturing the essence of the writer’s dark worldview while amplifying his scintillating humour and wordplay, Watt will have you in raptures contemplating the absurdity of life – and discovering there’s so much more to Beckett on stage than Waiting for Godot.

★★★★ “A gem of a show… one of the greatest Beckett interpreters in the world. Time Out (Australia)

★★★★ “Anyone who cares about acting should seize the chance to see McGovern perform.”  The Age (Australia)

It’s marvellous theatre and, strangely for Beckett, you leave with warmth in your soul. Sunday Independent (UK)

Singular, stealthy and distinguished.” — The Guardian (UK)


Country of origin: Ireland

Image Credit: Pia Johnson

Supported by Culture Ireland


Barry McGovern


Tom Creed


Sinéad Mckenna

Set and Lighting Designer

Joan O’Clery

Costume Designer

Dates &

Wed 25 Mar 8:00 PM

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Thu 26 Mar 8:00 PM

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Fri 27 Mar 8:00 PM

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Sat 28 Mar 8:00 PM

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Sun 29 Mar 4:00 PM

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Special Events


A Q&A with Barry McGovern and Tom Creed follows the performance on Thursday 26 March