Samuel Beckett’s classic play “Waiting for Godot” had its original premiere at the Théâtre de Babylone in Paris and it changed the way in which people have perceived the stage ever since. Contrary to popular belief, the reviews for the show were mostly kind and whilst it remained controversial it would go on to become one of the most influential plays of the twentieth century.
Over the years it has been regularly performed on stages around the world, with many well known performers stepping into the roles of the two tramps at the centre of the story. Nathan Lane and others are amongst the Hollywood actors known to have played the parts in the United States whilst here in the UK, a well known performance by Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson would go on to lay the foundations for their characters of Richie and Eddie in the hit sitcom “Bottom”.
Then, in 2009, two icons of the screen stepped into the roles on a UK national tour and at a residency at the Haymarket Theatre. They were Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart, who brought in many punters to the West End location, eager to witness two respected thespians in legendary roles.
The show has proven so successful that in 2010 it returns, this time with Roger Rees taking on the role of Vladimir, replacing Stewart, whilst McKellen remains in the part of Estragon. Taking up the roles of Pozzo and Lucky are Matthew Kelly and Ronald Pickup (returning from 2009), meaning that the cast is full of respected and award-winning performers as the show returns to the Haymarket Theatre.
“Waiting for Godot” is the story of two tramps; Estragon and Vladimir, who meet by a large tree and realise that they are both there for the same reason – to wait for the mysterious Godot to arrive. The two soon get acquainted with each other and what unfolds is a humorous farce as they argue, repeat themselves and generally clown around, all whilst other colourful characters grace their presence. Whilst they pass the time by the large tree they meet Pozzo and his slave Lucky, with a boy who says he knows Godot also making an appearance.
The show is likely to be another success story in 2010 with a stellar cast leading the proceedings and Sean Mathias returning as director. It is not one to be missed.
“Waiting for Godot” opened at the Haymarket Theatre in January 2010 and is continuing at the location until at least April 2010.
|Booking From:||Thursday, 21st January 2010|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 3rd April 2010|
|Matinees:||Wednesday and Saturday 2.30pm, Sunday 3pm|
|Evenings:||Tuesday to Saturday 7.30pm|
|Running Time:||140 minutes|
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