A country road. A tree. Evening. Vladimir and Estragon meet as dusk approaches. Estragon tries to remove his boot. Vladimir examines his hat. A conversation begins, a joke is interrupted. A carrot is eaten. The two men quarrel, then embrace. A pair of eccentric travellers arrive. Seemingly master and servant, one stands weighed down at the end of a long rope, the other carries a whip.
So begins Samuel Beckett’s 60-year-old masterpiece Waiting for Godot, a ground-breaking, anarchic meditation on the meaning of life and death. Voted "the most significant English language play of the 20th century" in 1999, 'En attendant Godot' which it was originally titled in its french version, is the story of two characters, Vladimir and Estragon who wait endlessly and in vain for the arrival of someone named Godot.
This timeless classic which is part allegory, part burlesque moves seamlessly between absurdist comic sketch and captivating philosophical drama which has led to many interpretations since its 1953 premiere.
London Classic Theatre will bring the show to the Millennium Forum this month with Jonathan Ashley (Pozzo), Peter Cadden (Vladimir), Richard Heap (Estragon), Michael Keane (Lucky) and Sonja Zobel (A Boy). Artistic Director and founder Michael Cabot launched the touring theatre in April 2000 and it is now a successful, established part of the commercial UK touring theatre scene.
This production of 'Waiting for Gordot' will be touring 37 venues around the UK this autumn and will perform at the Millennium Forum for two shows only.
'Waiting for Gordot' will be performed at the Millennium Forum on Tuesday 27th and Wednesday 28th October with tickets priced from £8.50.