10.1.13

Waiting for Godot: 60th Anniversary

BBC asks why Beckett's landmark play still captivates audiences today
A photograph from the original Paris production of En Attendant Godot (Waiting for Godot)
Sean Coughlan (BBC) talks to Beckett's friend and biographer, James Knowlson:
It's 60 years since Samuel Beckett's play Waiting for Godot received its premiere in the Theatre de Babylone in Paris.

The first public performance, in its original French form of En attendant Godot, drew an audience of high-brow Parisians, taking in the latest experimental theatre.

"All the thousands who claimed they were there could never have been at the premiere. There weren't enough seats," says James Knowlson, Beckett's friend and official biographer.

They also couldn't have realised that this play, beginning its shoestring-budget run on 5 January 1953, was going to be seen as one of the pivotal moments in modern drama. [Read more]
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