A year later than planned owing to a rights disagreement, Sir Peter Hall’s 50th anniversary production of Samuel Beckett’s modern masterpiece Waiting for Godot at last received its West End transfer, opening last night (9 October 2006, previews from 3 October) at the New Ambassadors Theatre (See News, 21 Sep 2006).

Two tramps, Vladimir and Estragon, 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.

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Hall directed the play’s English-language world premiere in 1955 when he was the 25-year-old artistic director of London’s Arts Theatre. In this production, first seen last summer as part of Hall’s annual summer repertory season at the Theatre Royal Bath, James Laurenson and Alan Dobie are Vladimir and Estragon, with Richard Dormer as Lucky and Terence Rigby as Pozzo.

For 1st Night Photos, our Whatsonstage.com photographer was on hand with the cast at the post-show party at Teatro, Shaftesbury Avenue. Waiting for Godot is produced by Danny Moar for Theatre Royal Bath Productions.

-by Terri Paddock