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No's Knife

Old Vic, The Cut, London, United Kingdom, SE1 8NB

The Old Vic hosts a world-first staging of Samuel Beckett’s No’s Knife, a hitherto unperformed monologue lent a refreshingly sharp interpretation by Lisa Dwan.

Exploring the powerful resilience necessary for humans to survive, No’s Knife is finally performed by Dwan, modern theatre’s foremost adaptor of Beckett’s work.

A lone figure – a voice in the dark – searches for who it is, and why it speaks. Through piercing insight, rage, wit and humour, this is an extraordinary exploration of the heart of Beckett, delving into his contemporary relevance to gender, identity and the human condition.

Following her sell-out international tour of the Beckett Trilogy, Dwan’s presentation of the legendary writer’s undiscovered work features her uniquely subversive and captivating voice, infusing these qualities with the sheer magnificence of the subject prose.

Cast & Creatives

Lisa Dwan
Samuel Beckett
Adapted by
Lisa Dwan
Lisa Dwan & Joe Murphy
Lighting Designer
Hugh Vanstone
Movement Director
Fin Walker
Mic Pool

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Old Vic

The Cut, London, United Kingdom, SE1 8NB
0844 871 7628 (Calls cost 5p per min plus your telephone company's network access charge)
Official site
Nearest tube
Waterloo (200m)
Nearest bus
1, 68, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 501
Nearest train
Waterloo (200m) Take Exit 2 and turn right.

1 bay for blue badge holders in Webber Street, plus meters. NCP in Coin Street. Nearest taxi pick-up point is at Waterloo station.

This venue accepts Theatre Tokens

Access information

How to book
Tel: 0844 871 7628 (Calls cost 5p per min plus your telephone company's network access charge) Fax: 020 7928 4397 Minicom: 0870 060 6641 Online booking form available via Email:
Discounts vary with each production.
Limited mobility
Boxes or E28, F20, G6, G31, M4, X7 in the Stalls have the most leg room.
Access description
There is a ramp from street level into the foyer and the box office is on your right. Handrails are available on either side of the entrance. From the foyer there are seven steps into the Stalls (without handrails). There are 20+ steps to the Dress Circle and a further 20 steps to the Baylis Circle (with handrails). The theatre is open 1 hour before the performance.
Hearing impaired
Sennheiser infra-red system. A unit is required to be collected from the cloakroom for a £5 deposit (which will be refunded on return of the unit). 30+ units available, including in-ear types and loop units to be used with the T-setting/switch on hearing aids. Some seats are unsuitable for use with the units, please inform the box office at the time of booking if one is likely to be needed. Induction loop is available at the walk-up box office.
Guide dogs policy
Guide dogs are allowed into the auditorium. Alternatively, staff can dog-sit. Pleae inform Box Office at time of booking.
There is a ramp from street level into the foyer. One wheelchair position in Stalls seat N5, a companion can sit in N6. In the case of a transfer, the wheelchair will be stored in the adapted toilet which is next to the access door and close to the wheelchair position. Please discuss any access needs with the box office at the time of booking.
There are men’s and women’s off the Pit bar, and 21 steps up from the Lilian Baylis bar.
Disabled toilets
Adapted WC on the left inside the side entrance.
Pit bar down 19 steps from foyer (spacious), Dress Circle bar up 20+ steps, Lilian Baylis bar up 49 steps. Soft drinks brought to disabled customers in the auditorium. All have moveable seats.
This venue accepts Theatre Tokens

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Show times
Mon-Sat 19:00, Mats Wed & Sat 14:30
Previews from
Opening night
Box office
0844 871 7628
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