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.
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.