Regarded as the most important play of the 20th century and produced in collaboration with some of those that knew him best, this production is Beckett as Beckett intended.
This is a major new production of this celebrated play about the inevitability of suffering, the collapse of abstract ideas in the face of it and the human capacity to deal with it anyway. Using Beckett's own notes and sketches, this production draws on scholarship, insight and theatrical experience from those that knew the man himself and is presented by a company that know the work inside out.
From the obscure to the famous, many have had audiences watching this play over and over, year after year. Variations in setting, time, gender and context have led to a host of versions ranging from the raw to the ridiculous and everything in between.
This version is different. Long-standing relationships with Beckett’s first UK Publisher John Calder, his biographer and the curator of the Beckett Collection at the Beckett International Foundation James Knowlson, and Samuel Beckett’s nephew Edward of the Beckett Estate have all given the company access to some of the people that knew and worked with Beckett as well as actors and directors involved in past seminal productions.
All of them are lifelong Beckett scholars knew him personally and it's the commitment and dedication of these key figures has made this production possible.
The Godot Company have at their disposal unpublished documents that include Beckett's own refinement of the play-in-performance over the decades that followed the publication of the standard English edition. They also have production notes and sketches drawn up by Beckett and his assistant Walter Asmus during the 6 months leading up to the Schiller Theatre production of 1976. These enlarge on Faber’s 1994 Theatrical Notebooks of Samuel Beckett edited by Dougald McMillan and James Knowlson, and the production’s key text.
These notebooks contain sets of directional notes and disclose, section-by-section, a total system that works by repetition and analogy, musical rhythm and echo, establishing subtle patterns of sound, and movement and gestures.
Waiting For Godot draws on influences from The Bible to Dante, from Baudelaire to The Greeks and from Beckett's childhood in Ireland to his experiences in the French Resistance in rural France during the Second World War. For over 20 years The Godot Company collective of actors, artists and scholars have investigated, researched and performed the work of Beckett at venues large and small across France , Ireland and the UK; (The Cockpit has been running its Mapping Beckett salon series, examining Beckett’s sources, for two years now).
This In-the-round production of Beckett's breakthrough play marks the high point of the Cockpit/Godot company collaboration, and seeks to present the play as the classic it is: the most influential European play of the 20th century written by its pre-eminent literary intelligence at the end of one of the most terrible periods in human history. A timely look at a play of distinctly European ideas and sensibility - at a time when the nature and ideological balance of a united Europe is once more being revisited.
This is a production that is not to be missed.
See what the audience say:
This is Beckett as Beckett intended.
Schools and student parties are very welcome to this production and have the option of workshops and a Q & A sessions with the cast with times suit.
Please email Godotthecockpit [dot] org [dot] uk with any enquiries.
Waiting For Godot plays October 1st to 29th, Tuesday through Saturday, each evening at 7.30pm. Sunday matinees are at 3.00pm.
There is also a matinee performance on Thursday 16th at 2.30pm
Running Time; 2hrs 15mins (includes 15min interval)
Tickets: £15 / £12 conc.
You can book easily online below, or by phone on 020 7258 2925 (lines open; 12-6pm, Monday to Saturday) . Please have your credit or debit card details handy when you call. We do not charge booking fees either online or over the phone.
(Note: When booking online using a credit/debit card please select 'Check Out As A Guest')
We do not post out tickets. Once you have booked and paid, you can collect your tickets from the box office on the day of the performance. Please arrive in good time - and bring proof of concessionary status if applicable, a note of your online booking reference number (or a print-out of your confirmation) or the card you paid with if you booked over the phone.
Tickets are non-refundable and latecomers may not be admitted.
We look forward to seeing you!
About the Godot Company...
The Godot Company, formed in 2004 by John Calder (Beckett's first UK Publisher) and Peter Marinker, draws together actors and scholars with a love of Beckett and a continually evolving understanding of his work and its significance. Their Mapping Beckett series at The Cockpit, which looks at Beckett in relation to his sources and literary and political contexts, continues to provide a focus for exploration by scholars and audiences alike. Rehearsed readings and sans décor stagings of Beckett works continue to educate and inspire the still growing constituency of those that see Beckett as the pre-eminent literary intelligence of the twentieth century.
Kenneth Colley - Estragon
Peter Marinker – Vladimir
Joe Cushley – Pozzo
Jeremiah O’Connor – Lucky
Boy - Tom Cawte
Alexander Technique Teacher - Karen Wentworth
Dramaturg - Peter Marinker
Producer - Dave Wybrow
Tree designed and created by Paul Hazelton
Running Time Approx 2hrs 30mins including an interval