THE INFORMATION ON: 'Waiting for Godot'
Friday 21 May 1999
Matthew Lloyd's revival of Samuel Beckett's defining 20th-century drama about two tramps waiting for something that will give meaning to their seemingly pointless existence.
Who's In It?
Richard Wilson (right, aka Victor Meldrew in One Foot in the Grave) as Vladimir, is the latest in a long line of comic actors - including Rik Mayall and Robin Williams - drawn to Beckett's despairing play. With Brian Pettifer as Estragon, Nicky Henson as Pozzo and James Duke as Lucky.
What They Say About It
"Wilson exactly disciplines his capacity for idiosyncrasy so as to ensure that so many lines that could be sounded for deep significance are pitched to stay securely within the level of dialogue without being flattened, and none of the comedy is merely ingratiating," Jeffrey Wainwright, The Independent.
"Lloyd's production is short on musicality: what it has is the sense of desperation that underlies the two men's craving for salvation and redemption ... a good Godot rather than a great one," Michael Billington, The Guardian.
"While this is a production that elicits some of the gallows humour, never for a moment does it locate the terror or the despair," Jeremy Kingston, The Times.
Where You Can See It
Waiting for Godot is at Manchester Royal Exchange (0161-833 9833) to 26 Jun
Watch the new House of Cards series three trailerTV
Oscars 2015It was the first time Barney has compered the Academy Awards
Oscars 2015 From Meryl Streep whooping Patricia Arquette's equality speech to Chris Pine in tears
Oscars 2015 Mexican filmmaker uses speech to urge 'respect' for immigrants
Oscars 2015 Bringing you all the news from the 87th Academy Awards
TV ReviewThe intrigue deepens as we delve further but don't expect any answers just yet
Razzies 2015 Golden Raspberry Awards 'honours' Cameron Diaz and Kirk Cameron
Film Hollywood's new leading lady talks about her Ramsay Street days
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Michelle Rodriguez: Fast & Furious actor apologises after telling 'minorities' to stop taking on 'white' roles
- 2 Raif Badawi, the Saudi Arabian blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes, may now face the death penalty
- 3 PornHub turns masturbation into energy in bid to save the planet
- 4 Robert Mugabe eats a zoo for 'obscene' 91st birthday party
- 5 The remarkable archaeological underwater discovery that could open up a new chapter in the study of European and British prehistory
Broadchurch series 3: David Tennant and Olivia Colman to return for third season, ITV confirms
Eurovision 2015: Finnish punk band with learning disabilities applies to raise awareness
Drake matches The Beatles' record with 14 singles in top 100 chart at the same time
James Bond: Director Sam Mendes teases clips from upcoming 007 film Spectre
Fifty Shades of Grey movie shows first sex scene 'after 40 minutes'
New theory could prove how life began and disprove God
This is what it's like to be dead, according to a guy who died for a bit
'Cash for access' scandal: Sir Malcolm Rifkind says 'unrealistic' for MPs to live on £67,000 salary
'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
Russia's roadmap for annexing eastern Ukraine 'leaked from Vladimir Putin's office'