A couple of vagabonds, Gogo and Did wait for a man called Godot on a country road, near a tree, however not only do they not know what he looks like, they also do not know what he will do when he gets there. All they know, is that when Godot comes, they will be saved and if he doesn’t arrive, they have to come back tomorrow and await him again.
And so begins and ends Samuel Beckett’s most famous play and arguably the greatest play of the 20th century. The two characters, Didi and Gogo merely pass the hours playing games, having arguments and wondering why exactly they are waiting. A landowner named Pozzo, with his slave, Lucky, come who he is taking to the fair to auction off. They pass the time and then leave. A boy also comes and tells them Godot won’t come today but undoubtedly will the next day. And so they wait.
Originally premiered in Paris in 1953, the English language version was premiered at the Arts Theatre in 1955. This new production marks the first time the play will return to its original theatre.
This new production, directed by Peter Reid has toured for the last ten years playing to audiences in a wide range of countries, but now comes to the UK for the very first time.
Waiting for Godot stars an Irish cast that includes the acclaimed Neil Fleming, who has starred in Game of Thrones and recently run the Best Actor award for The Hit Producer at The Los Angeles Independent Film Festival.
Patrick O’Donnel co-stars as Estragon. O’Donnel has also won a wide range of awards including Best International Actor at the Sydney Underground Film Festival and at the Dublin International Film Critics Circle Award.
An exciting chance to see one of the greatest plays of the 20th century back at its original home, Waiting for Godot will begin performances at the Arts Theatre in London’s West End on 5th September 2017 and is set to run until 23rd September 2017.