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Waiting for Godot at the Arts Theatre commemorates Sir Peter Hall

Patrick ODonnell Nick Devlin & Paul Kealyn
Patrick ODonnell Nick Devlin & Paul Kealyn

Following today’s sad news that Sir Peter Hall has died at the age of 86, ABA International Touring and AC Productions are proud to commemorate his life and work at the Arts Theatre with Waiting for Godot in its first homecoming since Sir Peter Hall staged the English language premiere there 62 years ago.

The Arts Theatre hosts an exhibition featuring details of Sir Peter Hall’s first production, drawing on materials from the University of Reading’s unique Beckett Collection.

Matthew Gregory Producer of Waiting for Godot says: ‘It is with great sadness that we learnt earlier today of Sir Peter Hall’s passing. His contribution to the theatre world over the past six decades has been unparalleled. His ground-breaking production of Waiting for Godot at the Arts Theatre in London in 1955 helped change the art form forever, and it seems fitting that at this sad time, we may celebrate his achievements once more, with the production currently performing on the very same stage where it all began. We send our heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and colleagues

Director Peter Reid adds ‘ For weeks we have spoken of nothing but his bravery, foresight and monumental talent. To have brought Godot to the stage aged just 24 would be enough to guarantee anyone’s name in Theatre history. This was only one of his vast achievements. He was a true giant of the theatre and we are humbled to play the same stage. Tonight’s show can only go on to honour him. Condolences to his family and friends

A one-minute applause will be held at the opening of the show this evening at the Arts Theatre in memory of Sir Peter Hall.


Review of Waiting for Godot at the Arts Theatre
Didi and Gogo wait on a country road by a tree for a man named Godot. All they know is that when Godot arrives they will be saved. If he doesn’t arrive they have to come back tomorrow and wait again.

So begins and ends Samuel Beckett’s masterpiece. Arguably the greatest play of the 20th century. Didi and Gogo pass the time by playing games, arguing and questioning why they are waiting. Pozzo, a landowner arrives with his slave Lucky who he is bringing to the fair to sell. They pass the time. Pozzo and Lucky leave. A boy arrives and tells them Godot won’t come today but surely tomorrow. They wait.

Tuesday 5th – Saturday 23rd September
Arts Theatre


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