Beckett exhibition at Reading

Staging Beckett

A database and research materials related to all professional productions of Beckett's theatre throughout the UK and Ireland, giving a unique picture of the many different approaches to staging Beckett. Using material from our world-leading Beckett Collection and the V&A's Theatre and Performance archives, as well as other archives across Britain and Ireland, it is a pilot for a national performance database, which will hold information about all past and future theatre productions in the UK.

Beckett International Foundation

Beckett International

A charitable trust that was established at the University of Reading in 1988 to further the study and appreciation of the works of Samuel Beckett (1906-1989).

The Foundation reaches the Beckett community and beyond through its publications, events, and work with the media. It also supports the research and teaching of Beckett's work at the University of Reading.

Photo from Beckett centenary exhibition at Reading museum


Beckett's work is incorporated into both the undergraduate and postgraduate teaching of a number of departments across the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, either through specialist modules or in more general teaching.

Manuscript doodle by Beckett

Beckett Digital
Manuscript Project

An on-going international collaboration to create a digital archive of Samuel Beckett's manuscripts, enabling readers to discover new documents and see how the dispersed manuscripts of different holding libraries interrelate. It will increase the accessibility of the manuscripts with searchable transcriptions in an updatable digital archive, and will aid the preservation of the physical documents.

Beckett International Foundation


Beckett Studies is a cross-departmental research theme. Our output therefore covers a wide range of approaches to Beckett's works. Find out about the recent projects and publications of both staff and postgraduates at Reading.

Beckett woodcut


Several members of staff and postgraduates from across the Faculty of Arts and Humanities have research interests in Samuel Beckett. Find out about current specialists at the University.

Chair of Beckett at Reading:

Professor Steven Matthews - Department of English Literature

Directors of the Beckett International Foundation:

Professor Anna McMullan

 Dr Mark Nixon - Department of English Literature

The original Murphy manuscript
Extracts from Beckett's original 'Murphy' manuscript - photo courtesy of Sotheby's

In July 2013, the University of Reading acquired the original manuscript of Murphy, Beckett's first major novel. This is now available to the public after over 50 years in a private collection.

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University of Reading

*** N.B. there is separate registration for each part of the week. Please register for the events you plan to attend *** 

Weds 2 November (6pm)
Minghella Building

Lisa Dwan:
'A Beckett Actor'

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Thurs 3 - Fri 4 November
Minghella Building

Beckett & Politics Conference

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Fri 4 November (6.30pm)
UoR London Road Campus, L022 Lecture Theatre

Alice Oswald: Gerald Finzi Memorial Lecture

(Part of the Reading Literature Festival 2016)

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Sat 5 November (12 - 7pm)
Minghella Building

Mary Bryden Tribute Day

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*** Please register as soon as possible ***


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