Have you booked your tickets yet for the West End-bound Irish production of Waiting for Godot yet? Sixty-two years after its English-language premiere, Samuel Beckett’s masterpiece returns home to the Arts Theatre next month. Meet Vladimir and Estragon, otherwise known as Didi and Gogo, otherwise known as actors Nick Devlin and Patrick O’Donnell below.
Waiting for Godot, directed by Peter Reid for Irish company AC Productions, runs for a strictly limited season from 5 to 23 September 2017, including a post-show Q&A chaired by Mates co-founder Terri Paddock on Wednesday 6 September.
Didi and Gogo wait on a country road by a tree for a man named Godot. All they know is that when Godot arrives they will be saved. If he doesn’t arrive they have to come back tomorrow and wait again.
So begins and ends Beckett’s modern classic Waiting for Godot, arguably one of the greatest plays of the 20th century. Didi and Gogo pass the time by playing games, arguing and questioning why they are waiting. Pozzo, a landowner arrives with his slave Lucky who he is bringing to the fair to sell. They pass the time. Pozzo and Lucky leave. A boy arrives and tells them Godot won’t come today but surely tomorrow. They wait.
This landmark production returns Beckett’s classic to London’s Arts Theatre where the play received its English-language premiere in 1955, directed by a then 24-year-old Sir Peter Hall. To celebrate this iconic homecoming, there are 1955 seats available at under £30 across the run including day seats for, you guessed it, £19.55.
This revival has thrilled and entertained audiences around the world since 2005. It’s helmed by Peter Reid, who has directed all of Beckett’s major works. Reid says:
“Waiting for Godot revolutionised the fabric of theatre, and I’m delighted to be bringing the greatest show of the 20th century back to its birthplace at the Arts Theatre.”
This is Nick Devlin‘s first time as Vladimir, having played Lucky over a hundred times since 2005. Patrick O’Donnell has played the part of Estragon in Dublin, Hong Kong, Singapore and Brazil since 2012. Devlin and O’Donnell are joined in the cast by Paul Kealyn and Conor Donelan as Pozzo and Lucky respectively.
Meet Didi and Gogo