The production opened last summer at Bath’s Theatre Royal and would have received an earlier London transfer but was delayed because of the recent Beckett season at the capital’s Barbican Centre.
The play was first seen in Paris 1953, but it was Hall who took it to London’s Arts Theatre in 1955 where it received its English language world premier.
However, Hall’s plans to take the play back to the Arts Theatre were vetoed by the Barbican, which owns the rights to the play. Speaking to the Guardian, Hall said, “I was very angry at the time. It would have been so right and also important for the Arts Theatre”.
Hall, who went on to establish the Royal Shakespeare Company and is currently in rehearsal with Felicity Kendal for a revival of Hare’s Amy’s View (that run begins previews at the Garrick Theatre on Nov. 14), had earlier returned to Godot with his 1997 Old Vic production.
This latest variation of the work features James Laurenson as Vladimir, Alan Dobie as Estragon, Richard Dormer as Lucky and Terence Rigby as Pozzo. Set design is by Kevin Rigdon.
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