Theatre Preview: Waiting for Godot @ Tobacco Factory Theatres

by Polly Hember

Estragon: What do we do now?
Vladimir: Wait
Estragon: Yes, but while waiting
Vladimir: What about hanging ourselves?

First performed in 1953, Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot is a pivotal landmark in the landscape of twentieth-century literature. An absurdist exploration into existentialist and ontological polemics, it remains critically relevant for today’s audience. It is about the struggle for purpose, the power of friendship and a hunt for a decent pair of boots.

Directed by Mark Rosenblatt, Tobacco Factory Theatres present Waiting for Godot as their first major solo production.

Two vagrants wait by a single, dead tree on the side of a barren road. Beckett’s given them no particular time or place; they might have been here yesterday, they might come back tomorrow. Over the course of two days, Estragon and Vladimir wait. They argue, joke, repeat themselves endlessly,  contemplate suicide, get very, very bored and they wait some more. They wait for Godot, but it is unsure who Godot is, where he is coming from or whether he will ever show up at all.

Sixty-five years old, this play is as fresh and as pertinent as ever. Don’t wait around, book tickets now.

Check out our gallery for rehearsal photographs!

When 19 October – 4 November
Times 7.30, selected Matinees 2.30
Where Tobacco Factory Theatre
Prices Full £18/Concession £14
Age Recommendation 12+
Running time 2 hours and 30 minutes (including interval)

Directed by Mark Rosenblatt
Designed by Janet Bird
Composition and Sound Design by Dave Price
Lighting Design by Matthew Graham
Clowning Direction by Bim Mason


Estragon Colin Connor
Vladimir David Fielder
Lucky Chris Bianchi
Pozzo John Stahl
The Boy Freddie Brown / Harvey Sandhu / Wilf Gordon / Gabriel McEvoy / Stan Brown / Cassian Coster

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