PRINT May 1979

Samuel Beckett’s “Ghost Trio”

GHOST TRIO WAS WRITTEN expressly for television by Samuel Beckett in 1976 and recorded by the B.B.C. in October of that year. It was published in the United States (Grove Press) and in England (Faber and Faber). The British publication, which first appeared in the Journal of Beckett Studies for Winter 1976, includes revisions made during the broadcast-recording; hence, the British texts are, finally, based on both the writing and the tele-recording. As Ghost Trio was written as a tele-play, it has not been otherwise performed, and it will not be. The Male Figure is played by Ronald Pickup, the Female Voice is played by Billie Whitelaw. No name is given for the boy who plays the boy, in any printed text. The production was directed by Donald McWhinnie, under the constant supervision of Beckett, who also directed a German television production of the play. A trilingual publication of this,

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