Waiting for Godot was written in Paris between October 1948 and January 1949. It was originally written in French and the first performance, in French, took place in Paris in January 1953. The play was controversial from the start and opinion has been divided ever since; however, a poll conducted by the National Theatre in 1990 voted it 'the most significant play of the 20th Century'.The date of its creation is significant: In 1948 Europe was in ruins after the second great war of the century. There was a pervading air of exhaustion and disillusionment. Godot has been described as 'the literature of exhaustion'. It is there in the starkness of the set and the poverty of the characters. The play is also to do with time: Despite the similarity of the acts, it is clear that time has moved on in the second act and that things have become, subtly but inexorably, worse. But these are not the themes of the play. They are merely pointers towards a complex and multi-layered piece of work. Beckett described the play as 'a tragicomedy' and refused to give any indication of how it should be interpreted. So this is our interpretation.
Directed by Jerome Swan
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