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.
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.
Overnight critics all agreed Hall’s production of Beckett’s tragi-comedy in which “nothing happens, twice” offers a fascinating insight into the human condition, and they admired the performances of the four leads, particularly the central double-act of James Laurenson and Alan Dobie as Vladimir and Estragon.
- by Caroline Ansdell