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Waiting for Godot

Druid / Garry Hynes

Samuel Beckett’s iconic absurdist play is brought to life in what has been called its greatest production for 25 years.

One of the most iconic and significant plays of the 20th century, Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot is also one of his funniest, most immediate creations. Drawing endless interpretations, it crackles with deadpan wit and linguistic invention, as well as offering compelling glimpses into our existential absurdity.

Druid's powerful staging has been hailed as one of the greatest ever productions of Waiting for Godot. Bringing together charm, absurdity, high comedy and touching humanity, it cracks open the play’s broad humour and reaffirms all of Beckett’s power to shock and surprise us.

Galway-based Druid are one of the world’s great ensemble theatre companies, and have pioneered the development of Irish theatre, as well as touring internationally to enormous acclaim. They have a long history of visits to the International Festival, including performing all six plays by J. M. Synge in 2005.

Directed by Druid’s Tony award-winning artistic director Garry Hynes, and bringing together a quartet of great Irish actors, this is a Godot that remains authentic to Beckett’s original while brightly illuminating all of the play’s tragedy, comedy and grandeur.

★★★★★ "a sublime reinvention of a masterpiece" - The Telegraph

★★★★★ "This is Beckett revealed even more than he has been over the last few years as a comedian extraordinaire" - The Herald

★★★★★ "Beckett’s masterpiece will make you laugh out loud" - The Times

★★★★ "heartbreakingly entertaining" - The Independent

★★★★ "this Waiting For Godot affirms the play’s status as a spare and eloquent miracle of 20th-century art" - The Scotsman

★★★★ "This dazzling production reinforces why staging the classics (well) is still necessary today." - The List

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The best production for 25 years

The Irish Times

Preview
3 August 7.30pm
BSL
British Sign Language interpreted
10 August 7.30pm
CAP
Captioned performance
11 August 2.30pm
AD
Audio Described
11 August 2.30pm
TT
Touch Tour
11 August 1.30pm

Garry Hynes Director
Francis O'Connor Designer
James F Ingalls Lighting designer 
Greg Clarke Sound designer 
Nick Winston Movement director 

Cast
Garrett Lombard Lucky
Aaron Monaghan Estragon
Rory Nolan Pozzo
Marty Rea Vladimir


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3-12 August 2018

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