Broadway's Waiting for Godot Gets Extended

By Kenneth Jones
04 May 2009

Waiting for Godot stars Nathan Lane, John Goodman and Bill Irwin.
Waiting for Godot stars Nathan Lane, John Goodman and Bill Irwin.
Photo by Joan Marcus

The Roundabout Theatre Company's Broadway production of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot, which opened to solid reviews on April 30, will get an extra week at Studio 54, now to July 12.

Directed by Anthony Page, the production of the modern, expressionistic classic features Nathan Lane (Estragon), Bill Irwin (Vladimir), John Goodman (Pozzo) and John Glover (Lucky).

The cast also includes Cameron Clifford (A Boy) and Matthew Schechter (A Boy). The design team includes Santo Loquasto (sets), Jane Greenwood (costumes), Peter Kaczorowski (lights) and Dan Moses Schreier (sound).

According to Roundabout, "Waiting for Godot remains Samuel Beckett's most magical and beautiful allegory. The story revolves around two seemingly homeless men waiting for someone or something named Godot. Vladimir (Bill Irwin) and Estragon (Nathan Lane) wait near a tree on a barren stretch of road, inhabiting a drama spun from their own consciousness. The result is a comical wordplay of poetry, dreamscapes and nonsense, which has been interpreted as a somber summation of mankind's inexhaustible search for meaning."

Waiting for Godot was Samuel Beckett's first professionally produced play. It premiered in Paris in 1953 and played Broadway in 1956.



This new production has been nominated for two Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Revival of a Play & Outstanding Actor in a Play (Bill Irwin); five Outer Critic's Circle Awards including Outstanding Revival of a Play, Outstanding Actor in a Play (Bill Irwin & Nathan Lane), Outstanding Director of a Play (Anthony Page) and Outstanding Set Design (Santo Loquasto); and two Drama League Awards: Distinguished Performance (Bill Irwin & John Glover).

Tickets are available by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212) 719-1300, online at roundabouttheatre.org or at the Studio 54 theatre box office at 254 W. 54th Street.