Gare St Lazare Ireland, in association with The Everyman Cork and The Coronet London and supported by Dublin Theatre Festival, the Abbey Theatre, The Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny and Le Centre Cultural Irlandais, Paris presents


1 - 7 October 2021

by Samuel Beckett

Booking Information

Dates: 1- 7 October
Filmed at The Everyman Cork

Online Streaming Dates: 1 – 3 October
Times: 1 October 5pm, 2 – 3 October 3.30pm
On Demand: 4 – 7 October
Tickets: from €25

Running time: 6 hours

Suitable for ages 16+

Part of the Dublin Theatre Festival

All tickets available through the Dublin Theatre Festival Box Office.

Priority booking for Friends of the Festival opens at 12pm on 11th August. General booking will open at 12pm on 24th of August.

'scraps of an enormous tale as heard so murmured to this mud which is told to me natural order part three it’s there I have my life'

’The unparalleled Beckett champions’. The New York Times.

Ireland’s preeminent Becketeers, Gare St Lazare Ireland make a welcome return to Dublin Theatre Festival with the world premiere of all three parts of Beckett’s towering novel, How It Is, reimagined for film.

HOW IT IS charts a journey undertaken by turns alone and accompanied. Time and space are fragmented and juxtaposed in one of the most eloquent and exquisite texts in the Beckett canon, continuing the company’s critically acclaimed and award-winning exploration and illumination of Beckett’s prose texts.

Gare St Lazare seeks out new ways for audiences to experience Beckett’s prose by jumping genres – from novel to stage and now, from stage to screen.  This durational piece of almost six hours is a first-time opportunity for an audience to experience the work in one sitting.

Judy Hegarty Lovett, in her 25th Beckett production, directs actors Conor Lovett and Stephen Dillane (Game of Thrones, The Crown) and sound designer/composer Mel Mercier with The Irish Gamelan Orchestra, MÓNCKK and tenor Mark Padmore, in a stunning marriage of words, music and visuals amid the setting of the beautiful Everyman Theatre, one of the country’s most venerable venues.   

Licensed by Curtis Brown with the kind permission of The Estate of Samuel Beckett
Production partners include The Everyman Cork, The Coronet Theatre, UK, the Abbey Theatre, The Watergate, Kilkenny and Le Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris.
Funded by The Arts Council and Culture Ireland.
Sponsored by Flynn Hotels and The Doyle Collection.



‘A flawless conjunction of acting and staging’.
The Irish Times on How It Is (Part 1)

‘Like the novel, this is a piece, that defies interpretation’
The Irish Examiner on How It Is (Part 2)

‘an acutely intense, nigh-on spiritual night at the theatre. Utterly mesmerising’
Time Out, London on How It Is (Part 1)



  • Writer: Samuel Beckett
  • Director and Designer: Judy Hegarty Lovett
  • Actor: Conor Lovett
  • Actor: Stephen Dillane
  • Music Composition and Sound Design: Mel Mercier with Irish Gamelan Orchestra and MÓNCKK
  • Music Performed by: Mel Mercier, Irish Gamelan Orchestra, MÓNCKK, Nick Roth, Claudia Schwab and Mark Padmore
  • Lighting Design: Simon Bennison
  • Tenor: Mark Padmore
  • Shadow Cast: Millie Ahern, Shane Corcoran, Imogen Deasy, Pearse Donoghue, Niall Holland, Sean Keating, Una O’Brien
  • Irish Gamelan Orchestra: Claudia Schwab, Conor Soltan, Eimear Hurley, Eimear O’Donovan, Fidelma Hanrahan, James McGlynn, JJ Riordan, Kelly Boyle, Kevin McNally, Laila Jedir, Leah Hearne, Mel Mercier, Anna Dore, Muireann Levis, Nick Roth, Sinead Hanrahan
  • MÓNCKK: Mel Mercier, Óscar Mascarenas, Nick Roth, Claudia Schwab, Kelly Boyle, Kevin McNally
  • Set and Costume Design: Judy Hegarty Lovett
  • Original Design on How It Is (Part 1): Judy Hegarty Lovett and Kris Stone
  • Original Lighting Design on How It Is (Part 1): Kris Stone
  • Original Lighting Design on How It Is (Part 2): Michael Hurley
  • Special Effect Propmaker: Sonia Haccius
  • Assistant Special Effect Propmaker: Janneke Sparrius
  • Stage Manager: Sadhbh Barrett Coakley
  • Assistant Stage Manager: Aoife Byrne
  • Director of Photography: Louis Hegarty Lovett
  • Filming: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
  • Mixed by: Crispin Woodhead
  • Crane Camera: Zen Grisdale
  • Camera 1: Sophie Adams
  • Camera 2: Edward Shaw
  • Camera 3: John Dunlea
  • Camera 4: Kelly Jehanno
  • Make Up: Wonderlab, Cork
  • Make Up Artists: Caitlyn Cronin, Chantelle Connolly and Erica Keating
  • Production Assistant: Lux Lovett
  • Consultant Sound Engineer: Paul Ashe Browne
  • Sound Engineer: Tyle Kieffer
  • Chief LX: Hanan Sheehan
  • Film Consultant: Grant Gee
  • Line Producer: Hugh Farrell
  • Producer: Judy Hegarty Lovett
  • Producer: Conor Lovett
  • Producer: Maura O'Keefe

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