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The 2013-2014 Broadway Season

Waiting for Godot
Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Shuler Hensley, and Billy Crudup star in Samuel Beckett’s most popular play, in which two wanderers wait by a lonely tree to meet up with a man they hope will change their lives for the better.

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Cort Theatre
Opening Night - November 24 2013
Final Performance - March 30 2014
Waiting for GodotPatrick Stewart (left) and Ian McKellen in Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot.


Samuel Beckett’s play follows two consecutive days in the lives of Vladimir (Patrick Stewart) and Estragon (Ian McKellen), who divert themselves by clowning around, joking and arguing, while waiting expectantly and unsuccessfully for the mysterious Godot, whom they hope will change their lives for the better. Instead, two eccentric travelers arrive, Pozzo (Shuler Hensley) and Lucky (Billy Crudup). Performed in repertory with No Man’s Land.


  • Though he was Irish, Beckett originally wrote the play in French, as En attendant Godot.
  • The name of the title character, who never appears, is generally pronounced GOD-oh in Britain and guh-DOUGH in the U.S. The “t” is silent.
  • The first American to play Estragon was former vaudevillian and musical comedy star Bert Lahr, best known as the Cowardly Lion in the film of The Wizard of Oz.


Waiting for Godotwas first staged in Paris in 1953. The English-language premiere took place two years later in London, with the play making its American debut at Florida’s Coconut Grove Playhouse in 1956, followed by Broadway later that year. A revival with an all-black cast came in 1957, and another revival in 2009. Versions of the play have been broadcast on TV and radio, and it was included in the multi-disc set Beckett on Film. McKellen and Stewart previously appeared together in a 2009 London production of the play.


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Revised April 3, 2014


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