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Richard Cordery in Waiting for Godot – Sheffield Theatres

Richard Cordery in rehearsals for Waiting For Godot
Richard Cordery in rehearsals for Waiting For Godot – Photo Credit: Johan Persson

The Sheffield Theatres Production of Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett runs from 4th to 27th February 2016 at The Crucible Theatre, with Press Night on Monday 8th February 7.00pm.

Richard Cordery who plays the part of Pozzo took some time out to answer a few questions about the production.

Neil: You are playing the role of Pozzo in Samuel Beckett’s popular play Waiting For Godot.  Described by some as “an absurdist playWhat is your interpretation of the play?
Richard: The hardest of all questions. Its an examination of the meaning of existence; why are we here. But that doesn’t begin to cover Beckett’s mastery of the hilarity and poignancy of the relationships.

Neil: What can you tell us about your character and how he fits into the storyline?
Richard: He’s a contradiction. We all are perhaps? A hugely confident visitor with a servant on the end of a rope whom Pozzo abuses while exuding great charm. And occasionally we see the mask of confidence begin to slip and we glimpse a frightened little man.

Neil: What attracted you to be a part of this production?
Richard: Pozzo is a dream of a part; when he’s on he believes the whole play is about him and only him. He may be right.

Neil: What can you tell us about rehearsals?
Richard: Like all rehearsals they are a mixture of laughter and anxiety. Because the lines are quite short we often know the line but arent sure which of us says it. Which causes buckets of laughter, until we realise we open next week!

Neil: Why should everyone get along to Waiting for Godot?
Richard: Live theatre is unique, unlike TV or film. You can lose yourself utterly in the audience and visit a world of complex human relationships that will make you by turn roar with laughter and choke with sobs. Such is the genius of the writer who, though having written a GREAT play, has written a simple and very accessible one. Essentially it is wonderfully entertaining.

Neil: This production is on for a short run – what next for you in 2016?
Richard: We shall wait and see. That is the role of an actor. Where’s my phone? Maybe my agent is trying to get hold of me…

Lorcan Cranitch and Jeff Rawle. Waiting For Godot
Lorcan Cranitch and Jeff Rawle in rehearsals for Waiting For Godot – Photo Credit: Johan Persson

Waiting for Godot
‘Nothing to be done’
Two friends await the arrival of a mysterious character.
They wait. And wait. And wait.
As time passes, the men muse on their friendship, their favourite jokes and what it all means until their patience begins to wane.
And then they spy something coming towards them on the horizon…
Samuel Beckett’s most famous play is a masterpiece of modern theatre.

The cast includes: Richard Cordery, Lorcan Cranitch, Bob Goody, Jeff Rawle, with Toby Allwood and William Oxley. Director: Charlotte Gwinner; Designer: Simon Daw; Lighting Designer: Mark Doubleday Sound Designer: Max Pappenheim; Movement Director: Struan Leslie; Voice Coach: Jeannette Nelson; Fight Director: Bret Yount; Casting Director: Charlotte Sutton

Waiting For GodotRichard Cordery plays Pozzo. His theatre credits include Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Farewell to Theatre,The Importance of Being Earnest (Rose Theatre Kingston), Where’s My Seat (Bush Theatre), The Power of Yes (National Theatre),Spring Awakening (Lyric/Novello Theatre), Richard II, Richard III, Henry VI Parts 1, 2 & 3, Twelfth Night, Comedy of Errors, Macbeth, Hamlet, Merry Wives of Windsor, Coriolanus (RSC). His television work includes Dickensian, Whitechapel, Garrow’s Law, Absolute Power, Love Hurts and Goodbye Mr Chips. For film, About Time and Les Misérables, and the upcoming Monochrome, Breaking the Bank and Madame Bovary.

Lorcan Cranitch plays Vladimir. His theatre work includes The Tempest (Abbey Theatre, Dublin), Damned for Despair (Gate Theatre), Ivanov (Donmar West End), A Whistle in The Dark, The Glory of Living (Royal Court), Red Roses for Me, The Mother, The Merchant of Venice, The Custom of the Country, Juno and the Paycock (all Citizens Theatre Glasgow), A Woman of No Importance,The Wicklow Wedding (both Gate Theatre Dublin), A World of our Own (Donmar Warehouse) and The Duchess of Malfi (National Theatre). His television work includes Hornblower, Spooks, Shackleton, Ballykissangel, Cracker and Rome; and for film, Rebel Heart, Dancing at Lughnasa, Night Train, The Magic Toyshop and Empire State.

Bob Goody returns to the Crucible in the role of Lucky – he previously appeared in The Country Wife. His theatre work includesMeasure for Measure (Neuss Shakespeare Festival), Beatrice and Benedict (Opera Comique, Paris), The Little Match Girl (Theatre de la Ville, Paris), Chatsky (Almeida Theatre), Wind in the Willows (Old Vic), Darwin’s Flood (Bush Theatre), A Christmas Carol andOliver Twist (Liverpool Playhouse), Ian Dury’s Apples (Royal Court), Trial of Frankenstein (Plymouth Theatre Royal) and The Black Hole of Calcutta (National Theatre of Brent). His television credits include Cider with Rosie, Crusoe, Hotel Babylon, Bleak House andSmith and Goody; and for film, Mr Turner, Orbit Ever After (short), Back to the Garden and The Borrowers.

Jeff Rawle plays Estragon. For theatre, his work includes High Society (Old Vic Company), Handbagged (West End/Tricycle Theatre),Cocktail Sticks, The Power of Yes, Fram, and Noises Off (National Theatre), Pornography (Traverse Theatre), King of Hearts (Out of Joint), Bottle Universe (Bush Theatre) and Way to Heaven (Royal Court). His television credits include Us and Them, An Adventure in Time and Space, Heading Out, A Beautiful Day, Hollyoaks (series regular), Doc Martin (series regular), I Saw Up, Fish and Drop the Dead Donkey (series regular); and for film, Trimming Pablo, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Black Ball, Awayday andLaughterhouse.

Waiting For Godot
5th to 27th February 2016


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