Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Juliet: Two Hours a Night I'm Buried in Gravel I Couldn't Ask for More

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Juliet: Two Hours a Night I'm Buried in Gravel I Couldn't Ask for More

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Byline: Louise Jury Chief Arts Correspondent

SPENDING two hours a night being slowly buried in one of theatre's most daunting roles leaves Juliet Stevenson "stiff" and "very scared", but she is enjoying the challenge.

As Samuel Beckett's Winnie, she spends the entire play trapped in a mound of scree, while remaining optimistic despite her marriage to the uncommunicative Willie.

Stevenson, 57, the star of Atlantis and Truly, Madly, Deeply, and who has performed on stage in Shakespeare, Chekhov and as Ibsen's Hedda Gabler, said Winnie was "one of the most challenging, perhaps the most challenging thing, I've ever been asked to do".

But she added: "I'm enjoying it more than I ever imagined. I was very scared and sometimes still am, but then I think how lucky I am. I'm already worried what will happen when she's no longer around."

She admitted being buried was uncomfortable. "I get quite stiff but I do get out at the end of the day. …

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