Didi and Gogo wait on a country road by a tree for a man named Godot. All they know is that when Godot arrives they will be saved. If he doesn’t arrive they have to come back tomorrow and wait again.
So begins and ends Samuel Beckett’s masterpiece Waiting for Godot, arguably the greatest play of the 20th century. Didi and Gogo pass the time by playing games, arguing and questioning why they are waiting. Pozzo, a landowner arrives with his slave Lucky who he is bringing to the fair to sell. They pass the time. Pozzo and Lucky leave. A boy arrives and tells them Godot won’t come today but surely tomorrow. They wait.
“Nothing to be done.”
This landmark production returns Beckett’s classic to London’s Arts Theatre where the play received its English-language premiere in 1955, directed by a then 24-year-old Sir Peter Hall. To celebrate this iconic homecoming, there are 1955 seats available at under £30 across the run.
This revival of Waiting for Godot, from Ireland’s AC Productions, has thrilled and entertained audiences around the world since 2005. It stars Patrick O’Donnell (as Gogo/Estragon), Nick Devlin (Didi/Vladimir), Paul Kealyn (Pozzo) and Conor Donelan (Lucky).
I’ll be joined by the cast for the Waiting for Godot Q&A after the evening performance on Wednesday 6 September 2017.