Dave Hanson’s US comedy Waiting for Waiting for Godot is brought to life in Mark Bell’s UK premiere production, which runs at the St James Theatre until 24 September 2016. It tells the story of two understudies who occupy their time backstage pondering art, life, theatre and their place in it. What have critics been saying about it?
Broadway World: ★★★ “falls somewhere between energetic, fast-paced comedy and truly thoughtful, developed drama, but if it occasionally frustrates in its seeming lack of purpose, perhaps that’s only appropriate.”
The Stage: ★★★ Dave Fargnoli wrote: “its wit and abundant charm make it an entertaining way to pass the time.”
The Times: ★★ Kate Maltby thought that: “At just over an hour’s playing time (plus an unnecessary drinks interval), it will teach you the meaning of the Shakespearean phrase “tediously brief”.
Everything Theatre: ★★★★ “Waiting For Waiting For Godot is great fun and ultimately wins through thanks to its good cast and strong writing.”
The Upcoming: ★★ “It’s a great sketch idea, but one that doesn’t have the legs to sustain itself over 90 minutes.”
London Theatre.co.uk: ★★★ Dom O’Hanlon thought: “whilst Waiting for Waiting for Godot sometimes hits the mark the performances stop it from ever fully taking off.”
Time Out: ★★ “It’s okay for an undemanding laugh, but not the comedy London has been waiting for.”
British Theatre Guide: “Waiting for Waiting for Godot is a good idea undeveloped.”
Theatre World: “Mark Bell’s fluid direction generates the impression that something is just about to happen.”
Carn’s Theatre Passion: ★★★★★ “If Waiting For Godot is the last word in the absurdity of the human condition, this play is its hilarious epilogue.”
Official London Theatre: “Waiting For Waiting For Godot is sharp, witty and a joy to watch.”