Samuel Beckett Waiting for Godot in London

Waiting for Godot

Play by Samuel Beckett. On a deserted road two tramps - Vladimir and Estragon - clown around, joking and arguing, repeating themselves, as they wait through one day and then another, waiting for the mysterious Godot. Originally staged on the London stage in 1955, this play shocked as many people as it delighted. There had never been a play like it. The combination of music hall, poetry and tension redefined what is possible in theatre. Waiting For Godot is now accepted as one of the most significant plays of the 20th century and Samuel Beckett's characters have lost none of their power to fascinate and amuse modern day audiences.

1955: West End Premiere - Peter Woodthorpe and Paul Daneman / Hugh Burden / Richard Dare

1960: UK Radio Premiere - Wilfrid Brambell and Patrick Magee

1961: London Revival - Brian Phelan and David Kelly

1961: UK Television Premiere - Peter Woodthorpe and Jack MacGowran

1964: London Revival - Alfred Lynch and Nicol Williamson

1970: London Revival - Gavin Reed and Desmond McNamara

1973: London Revival - Gavin Reed and Desmond McNamara

1976: London Revival (German) - Horst Bollmann and Stefan Wigger

1981: 1st West End Revival - Winston Ntshona and John Kani

1981: London Revival - Trevor Peacock and Max Wall

1982: London Revival - Jonathan Barlow and Andy Rashleigh

1987: London Revival - John Alderton and Alec McCowen

1991: 2nd West End Revival - Adrian Edmondson and Rik Mayall

1994: Radio Broadcast (French) - Pierre Latour and Lucien Raimbourg

1994: Radio Broadcast - Michael Maloney and Alan Howard

1997: 3rd West End Revival - Ben Kingsley and Alan Howard

1998: 4th West End Revival - Alan Doble and Julian Glover

1999: London Revival - Johnny Murphy and Barry McGovern

2000: London Revival (French) - Roger Jendly and Serge Merlin

2006: London Revival - Johnny Murphy and Barry McGovern

2006: Radio Broadcast - David Burke and Sean Barrett

2006: 5th West End Revival - Alan Dobie and James Laurenson

2009: 6th West End Revival - Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart

2010: 7th West End Revival - Ian McKellen and Roger Rees

2015: London Revival - Richard Roxburgh and Hugo Weaving

2017: 7th West End Revival - Patrick O'Donnell and Nick Devlin

Samuel Beckett's other plays include Krapp's Last Tape, Endgame, No's Knife, Eh Joe, and Beckett Trilogy (Not I, Footfalls, Rockaby). In addition the playwright appears as a character in Michael Hastings' Calico.


1955: West End Premiere - Arts Theatre / Criterion Theatre

Opened 3 August 1955, Closed 3 September 1955 at the Arts Theatre Transferred 12 September 1955, Closed 24 March 1956 at the Criterion Theatre

The cast at the Arts Theatre and the Criterion Theatre featured Peter Woodthorpe as 'Estragon', Paul Daneman as 'Vladimir' (Arts), Hugh Burden as 'Vladimir' (Criterion up to Thursday 29 December 1955? - see below), Richard Dare as 'Vladimir' (from Monday 2 January 1956), Timothy Bateson as 'Lucky', Peter Bull as 'Pozzo', and Michael Walker as 'a Boy'.

Directed by Peter Hall, with designs by Peter Snow.

Shortly after Christmas, Hugh Burden was forced to withdraw suddenly from the production due to sciatica. The role was initially played by Paul Daneman, who had played the role at the Arts Theatre, before Richard Dare took over the role from Monday 2 January 1956.

Paul Daneman did not transfer with the production to the Criterion Theatre because he was already due to appear in Vida Hope's The Punch Revue which opened at the Duke of York's Theatre on 28 September 1955, following a two-week pre-West End tryout. Although The Punch Revue closed after a seven-week run on 12 November 1955, Paul Daneman was then scheduled to play the role of 'Mr Faulkland' in William Chappell's revival of Richard Brinsley Sheridan's The Rivals at the Saville Theatre on 23 February 1956, following a short two week pre-West End try-out.


1960: UK Radio Premiere - BBC Radio Third Programme

Wednesday 27 April 1960 on BBC Radio Third Programme (original broadcast)

The cast featured Denys Hawthorne as 'Narrator', Wilfrid Brambell as 'Estragon', Patrick Magee as 'Vladimir', Donal Donelly as 'Lucky', Felix Felton as 'Pozzo', and Jeremy Ward as 'a Boy'.

Directed by Donald McWhinnie.


1961: London Revival - Stratford East Theatre Royal

Opened 15 May 1961, Closed 17 June 1961 at the Theatre Royal Stratford East

The cast featured Brian Phelan as 'Estragon', David Kelly as 'Vladimir', Nigel Fitzgerald as 'Pozzo', Derek Young as 'Lucky', and Patrick Byrne as 'a Boy'.

Directed by Alan Simpson.


1961: UK Television Premiere - BBC Television

Monday 26 June 1961 on BBC Television (original broadcast)

The cast featured Peter Woodthorpe as 'Estragon (Gogo)', Jack MacGowran as 'Vladimir (Didi)', Timothy Bateson as 'Lucky', Felix Felton as 'Pozzo', and Mark Mileham as 'a boy'.

Directed by Donald McWhinnie, with designs by Margaret Peacock.


1964: London Revival - Royal Court Theatre

Opened 30 December 1964, Closed 27 February 1965 at the Royal Court Theatre

The cast featured Alfred Lynch as 'Estragon', Nicol Williamson as 'Vladimir', Jack MacGowran as 'Lucky', Paul Curran as 'Pozzo', and Kirk Martin as 'a Boy'.

Directed by Anthony Page, with designs by Timothy O'Brien.


1970: London Revival - Young Vic Theatre

Opened 20 October 1970, Closed 30 October 1971 (in repertory) at the Young Vic Theatre

The cast featured Gavin Reed as 'Estragon', Desmond McNamara as 'Vladimir', Andrew Robertson as 'Lucky', Nicky Henson as 'Pozzo', and Tony Lawson as 'a Boy'.

Directed by Adrian Brine, with designs by Elroy Ashmore, and lighting by Derek Brown.

This production returned to the Young Vic's repertory in April 1973 - see below


1973: London Revival - Young Vic Theatre

Opened 14 April 1973, Closed 14 August 1973 (in repertory) at the Young Vic Theatre

The cast featured Gavin Reed as 'Estragon', Desmond McNamara as 'Vladimir', Andrew Robertson as 'Lucky', Nicky Henson as 'Pozzo', and Stephen Butler as 'a Boy'.

Directed by Adrian Brine, with designs by Elroy Ashmore, and lighting by Derek Brown.

This production was originally seen at the Young Vic Theatre in October 1970 - see above.


1976: London Revival - Warten Auf Godot - Royal Court TheatreHorst Bollmann and Stefan Wigger

Opened 22 April 1976, Closed 1 May 1976 at the Royal Court Theatre

Performed in German under the title Warten Auf Godot.

The cast featured Horst Bollmann as 'Estragon', Stefan Wigger as 'Vladimir', Klaus Herm as 'Lucky', Carl Raddatz as 'Pozzo', and Torsten Sense as 'a Boy'.

Directed by Samuel Beckett, with designs by Matia, and lighting by Jack Raby.

Presented by the Schiller Theater, Berlin.


1981: 1st West End Revival - Old Vic Theatre

Previewed 17 February 1981, Opened 18 February 1981, Closed 14 March 1981 at the Old Vic Theatre

The cast featured Winston Ntshona as 'Estragon', John Kani as 'Vladimir', Peter Piccolo as 'Lucky', Bill Flynn as 'Pozzo', and Silamour Philander as 'a Boy'.

Directed and designed by Donald Howarth, with lighting by Brian Wigney.

Presented by The Baxter Theatre, Cape Town, South Africa.


1981: London Revival - The Roundhouse

Opened 9 June 1981, Closed 27 June 1981 at the Roundhouse

The cast featured Trevor Peacock as 'Estragon', Max Wall as 'Vladimir', Gary Waldhorn as 'Lucky', Wolfe Morris as 'Pozzo', and Joshua Waldhorn as 'a Boy'.

Directed by Braham Murray, designs by Johanna Bryant, and lighting by Glyn Peregrine.

Presented as part of the Roundhouse's 'Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre Season'. This production transferred to London following a month-long run at the Royal Exchange Theatre in November 1980, with the same cast.


1982: London Revival - Young Vic Theatre

Previewed 13 July 1982, Opened 15 July 1982, Closed 28 July 1982 at the Young Vic Theatre

The cast featured Jonathan Barlow as 'Estragon', Andy Rashleigh as 'Vladimir', John Sessions as 'Lucky', Don Crann as 'Pozzo', and Robert Packham as 'a Boy'.

Directed by Ken Campbell, with designs by Bernard Culshaw, lighting by Dean Williams, and music by Camilla Saunders.


1987: London Revival - Lyttelton Theatre at National Theatre

Previewed 13 November 1987, Opened 25 November 1987, Closed 16 July 1988 (in repertory) at the National Theatre's Lyttelton Theatre

The cast featured John Alderton as 'Estragon', Alec McCowen as 'Vladimir', Peter Wight as 'Lucky', Colin Welland as 'Pozzo', and Simon Privett or Simon Doe as 'a boy'.

Directed by Michael Rudman, with choreography by Geraldine Stephenson, movement by Terry King, sets by William Dudley, costumes by Lindy Hemming, lighting by Robert Bryan, and sound by Chris Montgomery.


1991: 2nd West End Revival - Queen's Theatre

Previewed 23 September 1991, Opened 30 September 1991, Closed 14 December 1991 at the Queen's Theatre (now Sondheim Theatre)

The cast featured Adrian Edmondson as 'Estragon', Rik Mayall as 'Vladimir', Christopher Ryan as 'Lucky', Philip Jackson as 'Pozzo', and Dean Gaffney / Duncan Thornley as 'a Boy'.

Directed by Les Blair, with designs by Derek Jarman and Madeleine Morris, and lighting by Jon Linstrum.


1994: Radio Broadcast - En Attendant Godot - BBC Radio 3

Saturday 3 September 1994 on BBC Radio 3

The cast featured Pierre Latour as 'Estragon', Lucien Raimbourg as 'Vladimir', Jean Martin as 'Lucky', Roger Blin as 'Pozzo', and Serge Lecointe as 'a Boy.

Directed by Roger Blin.

This was the radio broadcast, in French, of the original cast from January 1953 staging at the Theatre de Babylone, Paris, recorded shortly after the play opened.


1994: Radio Broadcast - BBC Radio 3

Sunday 4 September 1994 on BBC Radio 3 (original broadcast)

The cast featured Geraldine McEwan as 'Narrator', Michael Maloney as 'Estragon', Alan Howard as 'Vladimir', Simon Russell-Beale as 'Lucky', Stratford Johns as 'Pozzo', and Tristan Moriarty as 'a Boy'.

Directed by Peter Wood.


1997: 3rd West End Revival - Old Vic Theatre

Previewed 16 June 1997, Opened 27 June 1997, Closed 2 December 1997 (in repertory) at the Old Vic Theatre

The cast featured Ben Kingsley as 'Estragon', Alan Howard as 'Vladimir', Greg Hicks as 'Lucky', Denis Quilley as 'Pozzo', and Alex Russell as 'a Boy'.

Directed by Peter Hall, with designs by John Gunter, lighting by Mark Henderson, and sound by Sue Ayliff.

Presented by the Peter Hall Company.

This production returned to the West End, in a re-cast staging, in March 1998 - see below.


1998: 4th West End Revival - Piccadilly Theatre

Previewed 3 March 1998, Opened 10 March 1998, Closed 25 April 1998 (in repertory) at the Piccadilly Theatre

The cast featured Alan Doble as 'Estragon', Julian Glover as 'Vladimir', Struan Rodger as 'Lucky', Terence Rigby as 'Pozzo', and Samm Taylor / Jacob Neville as 'a Boy'.

Directed by Peter Hall, with designs by John Gunter, lighting by Mark Henderson and Martin Hazlewood, and sound by Sue Ayliff.

Presented by the Peter Hall Company.

This production was originally seen at the Old Vic Theatre in June 1997 with a different cast - see above.


1999: London Revival - Barbican Theatre

Opened 1 September 1999, Closed 12 September 1999 (in repertory) at the Barbican Theatre

The cast featured Johnny Murphy as 'Estragon', Barry McGovern as 'Vladimir', Stephen Brennan as 'Lucky', Alan Stanford as 'Pozzo', and Dan Colley as 'a Boy'.

Directed by Walter D Asmus, with designs by Louis le Brocquy, and lighting by Alan Burrett.

Presented by The Gate Theatre, Dublin as part of 'The Beckett Festival'.

This production returned to the Barbican Theatre, with the same main cast, in April 2006 - see below


2000: London Revival - En Attendant Godot - Queen Elizabeth Hall

Opened 30 June 2000, Closed 2 July 2000 at the Queen Elizabeth Hall

Performed in French under the title En Attendant Godot.

The cast featured Roger Jendly as 'Estragon', Serge Merlin as 'Vladimir', Gerard Desarthe as 'Lucky', Francois Chattot as 'Pozzo', and Xavier Loira as 'a Boy'.

Directed by Luc Bondy, with sets by Gilles Aillaud, costumes by Marianne Glittenberg, lighting by Alexander Kopplemann, and sound by Philippe Cachia.

Presented by the Theatre Vidy, Lausanne, Switzerland as part of the 'Meltdown Festival 2000', curated by Scott Walker.


2006: London Revival - Barbican Theatre

Previewed 4 April 2006, Opened 5 April 2006, Closed 15 April 2006 at the Barbican Theatre

The cast featured Johnny Murphy as 'Estragon', Barry McGovern as 'Vladimir', Stephen Brennan as 'Lucky', Alan Stanford as 'Pozzo', and Barry O'Connell as 'a Boy'.

Directed by Walter D Asmus, with designs by Louis le Brocquy, and lighting by Rupert Murray.

Presented by the Gate Theatre, Dublin, as part of the Beckett Centenary Festival.

This production was originally seen in London at the Barbican Theatre in September 1999, with the same main cast - see above.


2006: Radio Broadcast - BBC Radio 3

Sunday 16 April 2006 on BBC Radio 3 (original broadcast)

The cast featured David Burke as 'Estragon', Sean Barrett as 'Vladimir', Nigel Anthony as Lucky'/'Narrator', Terence Rigby as 'Pozzo', and Zachary Fox as 'a Boy'.

Directed by John Tydeman.


2006: 5th West End Revival - Ambassadors Theatre

Previewed 3 October 2006, Opened 9 October 2006, Closed 18 November 2006 at the Ambassadors Theatre

Peter Hall's 50th anniversary production Samuel Beckett's Waiting For Godot in London, following an acclaimed run at the Theatre Royal Bath

The cast featured Alan Dobie as 'Estragon', James Laurenson as 'Vladimir', Terence Rigby as 'Pozzo', Richard Dormer as 'Lucky', and Adam Hargreaves / Jack Lawrence / Jack Morlen / Joshua Sarphie as 'a Boy'.

Directed by Peter Hall, with sets by Kevin Rigdon, costumes by Trish Rigdon, lighting by Peter Mumford, and sound by Gregory Clarke.

A transfer from the Theatre Royal Bath - previewed from 17 August 2005, opened 25 August 2005, and closed 3 September 2005 (in repertory), returned 5 to 9 September 2006 - with the same main cast.

Alan Dobie's London theatre credits include the roles of 'Talthybius' in Laurence Boswell's revival of Euripides' Hecuba, for the Royal Shakespeare Company, at the Albery Theatre in 2005; 'the Fool' in Peter Hall's revival of William Shakespeare's King Lear at the Old Vic Theatre in 1977; 'Ulrik Brendel' in George Devine's revival of Henrik Ibsen's Rosmersholm at the Royal Court Theatre in 1959, and transfer to the West End's Comedy Theatre in 1960; and 'Tranio' in Denis Carey's revival of William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew at the Old Vic Theatre in 1954.

James Laurenson's London theatre credits include the roles of 'James' in Michael Grandage's revival of Peter Nichols' Passion Play at the Donmar Warehouse, and transfer to the West End's Comedy Theatre in 2000; 'Macduff' in Richard Eyre's revival of William Shakespeare's Macbeth at the National Theatre's Olivier Theatre in 1993; and 'Julian Marsh' in Lucia Victor's production of the Al Dubin and Harry Warren musical 42nd Street at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in 1984.

"Tramps Vladimir and Estragon (James Laurenson and Alan Dobie) pause and parry, moan and gape as required. Mr Dobie is the more convincing gentleman of the road. Mr Laurenson, for all his stage dirt, looks a little prosperous and clever. You do not believe he has ever rooted through a rubbish bin for his lunch. Terence Rigby plays the tweedy stranger Pozzo with a customary echo of authority: His wild-haired menial, Lucky, is done by Richard Dormer. Mr Dormer foams at the mouth impressively and does his mad monologue better than I have previously seen... This 50th birthday production is a perfect museum piece. For Mr Beckett to have got away with such stuff all those years ago is amazing. But it now feels surprisingly dated." The Daily Mail

"This production is beautifully inflected, funny, superbly cast, at times piercingly poignant - and just a tiny bit cosy. Peter Hall has the best feel of any director for the musicality of Beckett's dialogue... and he orchestrates the intricate repetitions and variations of phrase and gesture with masterly precision and an acute grasp of the poetic pattern. Terence Rigby gives the sadistic Pozzo a wonderfully smug squire's sonority, while Richard Dormer is transfixingly piteous as the wheezing, desperately obedient Lucky. James Laurenson and Alan Dobie are first-rate at projecting the inter-dependence of the central pair... Laurenson's Didi, a battered would-be toff, is the perfect foil for Dobie's glum Gogo who, despite his sceptical thrusts needs his companion as much as he himself is needed." The Independent

Waiting for Godot in London at the Ambassadors Theatre previewed from 3 October 2006, opened on 9 October 2006, and closed on 18 November 2006


2009: 6th West End Revival - Haymarket Theatre

Previewed 30 April 2009, Opened 6 May 2009, Closed 9 August 2009 at the Haymarket Theatre

A major revival of Samuel Beckett's Waiting For Godot in London starring Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen

The cast featured Ian McKellen as 'Estragon', Patrick Stewart as 'Vladimir', Simon Callow as 'Pozzo', Ronald Pickup as 'Lucky', and Tom Barker / Richard Linnell / George Sear / Sam Walton as 'a Boy.

Directed by Sean Mathias, with designs by Stephen Brimson Lewis, lighting by Paul Pyant, and sound by Paul Groothuis.

This production returned to the Haymarket Theatre in January 2010, and a slightly re-cast production - see below.

Patrick Stewart recent London stage credits include 'Claudius' in Gregory Doran's revival of Shakespeare's Hamlet at the Novello Theatre in 2008; 'Prospero' in Rupert Goold's revival of Shakespeare's The Tempest at the Novello Theatre in 2007; 'Mark Antony' in Gregory Doran's revival of Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra at the Novello Theatre in 2007; the title role in Rupert Goold's revival of Shakespeare's Macbeth at the Gielgud Theatre in 2007; the one-man show A Christmas Carol, adapted from the novel by Charles Dickens, at the Albery Theatre in 2005; 'Robert' in Lindsay Posner's revival of David Mamet's A Life in the Theatre at the Apollo Theatre in 2005; 'Halvard Solness' in Anthony Page's revival of Henrik Insen's The Master Builder at the Albery Theatre in 2003; 'George' in David Thacker's revival of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at the Young Vic Theatre in 1987; 'Eilert Lovborg' in Trevor Nunn's revival of Henrik Ibsen's Hedda Gabler at the Aldwych Theatre in 1975; 'Hector' in John Barton's revival of Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida at the Aldwych Theatre in 1969; 'Duke Senior' in David Jones' revival of Shakespeare's As You Like It at the Aldwych Theatre in 1967; and 'Grumio' in Trevor Nunn's revival of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew at the Aldwych Theatre in 1967.

"It is commonly thought of as the most nihilistic of plays. But in Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart's hands, it becomes a touchingly redemptive story about the scratchy endurance of love. The subtlety with which Stewart plays the straight man to McKellen's northern cynic brings an emotional complexity to a play which could so easily descend into generalisations about the 'human condition'. Their characters are old friends who nag and bitch at each other like a long-married couple. Their clowning skills, too, are exemplary, lacking the gymnastic sharpness of youth, yet all the more charming for their staggering dishevelment. Simon Callow plays, well Simon Callow as Pozzo... but even he achieves pathos, and Ronald Pickup achieves satisfactory looniness in his long philosophical tirade 'in spite of the tennis'." The Sunday Telegraph

"The best thing in it is Ian McKellen's wonderfully shambolic Estragon, grumpy and grouchy, with a woebegone expression like a depressed spaniel... Patrick Stewart's natural authority and imposing presence might make him a perfect Coriolanus, or, for that matter, Professor Xavier in X-Men. As Vladimir, though, he looks plain miscast, not at all comfortable in the role of down-and-out clown with only his gallows humour for support, staggering on from one meaningless encounter to the next... Simon Callow enjoys himself, as usual, in the role of Pozzo, though he doesn't, as usual, bring a great deal of subtlety to it... [Ronald Pickup's] performance here as the hapless Lucky is wonderfully strange and affecting, with his sad stare, his long blond wig and weird sloping walk, yet viciously kicking Estragon when he comes too close, as untrustworthy as any maltreated dog." The Sunday Times

Waiting for Godot in London at the Haymarket Theatre previewed from 30 April 2009, opened on 6 May 2009, and closed 9 August 2009


2010: 7th West End Revival - Haymarket Theatre

Previewed 21 January 2010, Opened 27 January 2010, Closed 3 April 2010 at the Haymarket Theatre

Sean Mathias's revival of Samuel Beckett's Waiting For Godot in London starring Roger Rees and Ian McKellen

The cast featured Ian McKellen as 'Estragon', Roger Rees as 'Vladimir', Matthew Kelly as 'Pozzo', Ronald Pickup as 'Lucky', and Tom Barker / George Sear / Sam Walton as 'a Boy.

Directed by Sean Mathias, with designs by Stephen Brimson Lewis, lighting by Paul Pyant, and sound by Paul Groothuis.

This production was originally seen at the Haymarket Theatre in May 2009, with cast changes - see above.

Ian McKellen's London theatre credits include the title role in Trevor Nunn's revival of Shakespeare's King Lear at the New London Theatre in 2007; 'Sorin' in Trevor Nunn's revival of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull at the New London Theatre in 2007; the pantomime Dame 'Widow Twanky' in Sean Mathias' production of Bille Brown's Aladdin at the Old Vic Theatre in 2004, and return in 2005; the title role in Sean Mathias' revival of Anton Chekov's Uncle Vanya at the National Theatre's Cottesloe Theatre in 1992; 'Iago' in Trevor Nunn's revival of Shakespeare's Othello at the Young Vic Theatre in 1989; 'Daniel de Bosola' in Philip Prowse's revival of John Webster's The Duchess of Malfi at the National Theatre's Lyttelton Theatre in 1985; 'Boy' in Anthony Page's production of Sean Mathias' Cowardice at the Ambassadors Theatre in August 1983; the title role in Trevor Nunn's revival of Shakespeare's Macbeth at the Warehouse Theatre (now Donmar Warehouse) in 1977, and Young Vic Theatre in 1978; and the role of 'Romeo' in Trevor Nunn's revival of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet at the Aldwych Theatre in 1977.

"Sean Mathias's stalwart ship of a West End production is, if anything, comic to a fault, egging the near-farcical pudding of the play so enthusiastically that Vladimir and Estragon feel like the strange, surreal, long-abandoned sons of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton... It weathers the loss of Patrick Stewart and Simon Callow as Vladimir and Pozzo, the hideous master, with surprising ease. Roger Rees is bewitching: a gloriously twitchy, troubled and tender Vladimir to Sir Ian McKellen's redoubtably filthy Estragon. Matthew Kelly's bizarrely enormous, pipe-smoking Pozzo, beating his slave Lucky (Ronald Pickup) into soulless oblivion, is so outlandishly hammy he ought to crash entirely but instead proves weirdly consonant: fascinating and repugnant in equal measure... With all four actors on such unassailable form, this production's return proves a gleeful, ebullient encore." The London Metro

"Two members of last year's original cast, Patrick Stewart and Simon Callow, have given up waiting, creating a slot for Roger Rees, who returns to the London stage after years in America, and the perfect part for Matthew Kelly... In Stephen Brimson Lewis's design, the gaps in the floor of a crumbling once-grand theatre are grave-like, while the tramps appear to be ghostly vaudevillians for ever trapped in their roles, passing the time with a bit of the old banter and some shoe-shuffle while they wait for someone (a director, perhaps?) to make sense of what they're doing here... Alone, the daily struggle would not be worth contemplating. With such a companion, it's at least a possibility, and it is profoundly moving." The Mail on Sunday

Waiting for Godot in London at the Theatre Royal Haymarket Theatre previewed from 21 January 2010, opened on 27 January 2010, and closed on 3 April 2010


2015: London Revival - Barbican Theatre

Previewed 4 June 2015, Opened 5 June 2015, Closed 13 June 2015 at the Barbican Theatre

The cast featured Richard Roxburgh as 'Estragon', Hugo Weaving as 'Vladimir', Philip Quast as 'Pozzo', Luke Mullins as 'Lucky', and Harrison Donnelly / Keir Edkins-O'Brien as 'a Boy'.

Directed by Andrew Upton, with designs by Zsolt Khell, costumes by Alice Babidge, lighting by Nick Schlieper, and sound by Max Lyandvert.

Presented by the Sydney Theatre Company.


2017: 7th West End Revival - Arts Theatre

Previewed 5 September 2017, Opened 7 September 2017, Closed 23 September 2017 at the Arts Theatre

The cast featured Patrick O'Donnell as 'Estragon (Gogo)', Nick Devlin as 'Vladimir (Didi)', Paul Kealyn as 'Pozzo', Paul Elliot as 'Lucky', and Oscar Williams as 'a Boy'.

Directed and designed by Peter Reid, with lighting by Joe Massey.