Prior to its West End opening at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in May, the Sean Mathias-directed production of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot is currently on an eight-week national tour, and below are a selection of the recently-released production shots.
In Waiting for Godot, two tramps, Vladimir (Stewart) and Estragon (McKellen, making his Beckett debut), are waiting on a deserted road. As they pass the time, they ask the question: “Will Mr Godot ever come?”. In the National Theatre’s NT2000 poll, theatre professionals voted Waiting for Godot the most significant English language play of the 20th century.
The play’s last West End outing was Peter Hall’s 50th anniversary production, which transferred in 2006 to the Arts Theatre (See 1st Night Photos, 10 Oct 2006), where Hall directed the English-language world premiere in 1955 when he was the theatre’s 25-year-old artistic director.
Photograph 2 (of the 7 photographs) on this page shows Estragon, here Sir Ian McKellen mmaking his Beckett debut, exiting from a shithouse. An outside shithouse it be but in marble or other stone.
There is no outside shithouse or pissoir in marble, stone or other fabrication in "Waiting for Godot".
The so-called guardians of textual purity of Beckettorama, the Samuel Beckett Estate, have decided to sit out on this one. - Moliere
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