Random and topical thoughts and quotes gathered by My Theatre Mates contributor Aleks Sierz, first published on www.sierz.co.uk.
On BearRidge, the first Ed Thomas play for 15 years, is a post-apocalyptic metaphor-fest which is tragic, lyrical and funny too.
Ruby Thomas’ experimental debut play Either is an intriguing questioning of gender identity that retains an air of politeness.
Details of Matthew Warchus’ Season 5 at The Old Vic Theatre have been announced. Highlights include:
Claire Foy and Matt Smith making their Old Vic debuts in Duncan Macmillan’s Lungs and Alan Cumming and Daniel Radcliffe starring in a double bill of Samuel Beckett’s Endgame and Rough for Theatre ll.
An overwhelmingly powerful new play about motherhood and psychological collapse: Lesley Sharp amazes in The Woods at the Royal Court Theatre.
Royal Exchange Manchester associate artist Maxine Peake is to take on the role of Samuel Beckett’s enigmatic heroine, Winnie, in artistic director Sarah Frankcom’s fresh production of Happy Days.
In adding herself to the short list of actors who’ve tackled Not I, Jess Thom has made a powerful statement, one which challenges conceptions of what theatre is, and what it can do.
Premiered in 1953 in France and 1955 in London Waiting for Godot was immediately dismissed by a majority of the London intelligentsia as a work of pretentious twaddle. After Harold Hobson and Kenneth Tynan flew to its rescue in the Sundays it soon found its place as a major work of 20th century theatrical canon.
Have you caught the current West End revival of Waiting for Godot, which has returned Samuel Beckett’s classic to the Arts Theatre, where it had its English-language premiere in 1955? Check out review highlights here – as well as the new show trailer featuring some of them…
I had my own Godotesque moment to start this week’s Waiting for Godot Q&A. The stage was bare. Where were the chairs? Was anyone bringing chairs? How long would we be waiting for chairs? Did such things as chairs exist?
Last night, Waiting for Godot officially reopened back at London’s Arts Theatre, where Samuel Beckett’s pivotal play first had its English-language premiere 62 years ago. How does the production look, then and now? Full production photos – and a fascinating 1955 archive clipping here.
There’s no clowning like Irish clowning. Sneak a peek into the rehearsal room for Peter Reid’s West End-bound Irish production of Waiting for Godot, which returns Samuel Beckett’s masterpiece to London’s Arts Theatre 62 years after its English-language premiere at the same address.
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.
Mates co-founder Terri Paddock will talk to the company of Samuel Beckett’s masterpiece WAITING FOR GODOT, as the play returns home to the stage where it had its English-language premiere 62 years ago, on Wednesday 6 September 2017. Got any questions?
Slow but compelling: Bringing Beckett to the Edinburgh International Festival, Irish Production Company Clare Street gives a fittingly understated treatment to Krapp’s Last Tape.
Revival of Pinter’s 1975 classic is a model of clarity, but raises questions about the validity of modernism.
Dave Hanson’s hit New York comedy Waiting for Waiting for Godot receives its European premiere at London’s St James Theatre and, just before he flew back to New York, I got to quiz Dave about his inspiration for this debut play (bitter personal experience on a Los Angeles production of the Beckett classic: “Terrible. Boring. Underpaid.”).
If Waiting For Godot is the last word in the absurdity of the human condition, this play is its hilarious epilogue. Starring The Fast Show’s Simon Day, Dave Hanson’s Waiting For Waiting For Godot is as deep as the work it riffs off while never losing sight of its two main characters.
New two-hander about petty criminal youth in Ireland packs a strong emotional punch amid its hilarity.
Being cast as an understudy in a production of Waiting For Godot, around 2004, in North Hollywood, California, had to be one of the worst experiences of my acting life. I had just started a career in Los Angeles as an actor and stand up comedian. I was willing to act in almost anything that came my way.
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