Waiting for Godot

by  Samuel Beckett

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  4m, 1boy(s)

Waiting for Godot is considered the masterpiece of existentialism, in which Samuel Beckett explores the fultility of man's hope.

The Samuel French Acting Edition is an Open University set text.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 1boy(s)
  • Duration

    Duration

    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Experimental
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Broadway, From West End
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

In Waiting for Godot, two wandering tramps, Vladimir and Estragon, wait by a lonely tree, to meet up with Mr. Godot, an enigmatic figure in a world where time, place and memory are blurred and meaning is where you find it. The tramps hope that Godot will change their lives for the better. Instead, two eccentric travelers arrive, one man on the end of the other's rope. The results are both funny and dangerous in this existential masterpiece. 
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Reviews

"It is a mystery wrapped in an enigma. But you can expect witness to the strange power this drama has to convey the impression of some melancholy truths about the hopeless destiny of the human race. " - Brooks Atkinson, NY Times

"Although "Waiting for Godot" is a "puzzlement," as the King of Siam would express it, Mr. Beckett is no charlatan. He has strong feelings about the degradation of mankind, and he has given vent to them copiously. "Waiting for Godot" is all feeling. Perhaps that is why it is puzzling and convincing at the same time. Theatregoers can rail at it, but they cannot ignore it. For Mr. Beckett is a valid writer." - Brooks Atkinson, NY Times 

"...a witty and poetic conundrum" - Philip Hope-Wallace, The Guardian 

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Licensing available for professional groups only. Some restrictions apply.

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1950s, 1940s / WWII, 1930s, 1920s
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: A wasteland with a single tree. 
  • Additional Features: Physical Comedy
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

4m, 1boy(s)

VLADIMIR (DIDI) - The more responsible and mature of the two wandering tramps.
ESTRAGON (GOGO) - Seems weak and helpless, always looking for Vladimir's protection. He also has a poor memory.
POZZO - A wealthy and large passerby.
LUCKY - Pozzo's slave, who carries Pozzo's bags and stool.
BOY - A child, supposedly in the employ of Mr. Godot. 

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Cast Attributes

  • All Male

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Authors

Samuel Beckett

Samuel Beckett (1906-1989) is widely recognized as one of the greatest dramatists of the twentieth century. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1969. Mr. Beckett is most renowned for his play Waiting for Godot w ...

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Waiting for Godot premiered on January 5, 1953 in the Théâtre de Babylone in Paris. The production was directed by Roger Blin, who also played the role of Pozzo.

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