Friday 16 May 2008

Gate Tours Godot

The Stage reports that the The Gate Theatre in Dublin will celebrate its 80th anniversary with a production of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, directed by Walter Asmus, which will tour 40 towns and cities on both sides of the border.

First seen in 1987 and revived on several occasions, the production was last seen in Dublin and London in 2006 as part of the Gate’s Beckett Festival. Its latest incarnation has been made possible with funding from the Irish Arts Council, the Department of Arts, Sports and Tourism and longtime sponsors Ulster Bank.

The cast of the original production have been reassembled for the tour and includes Stephen Brennan as Lucky, Barry McGovern as Vladimir, Johnny Murphy as Estragon and Alan Stanford as Pozzo.

The eight-week-long tour will assume a “hub-and-spoke format”, with the company travelling on a nightly basis to individual venues from a central location where it will stay for one week at a time. It is believed this is the first time this touring model has been employed in Ireland.

The tour will begin on September 2 in the Co Wexford town of Enniscorthy, where the Gate’s founders, Micheal MacLiammoir and Hilton Edwards, first conceived the idea of the company, and end in Enniskillen, where Beckett attended school from 1920-23, in Co Fermanagh on October 26.

1 comment:

Gary said...

They're still flogging this dead horse?! I saw the 2006 revival of this and was utterly disappointed at how slow and lazy the production was. Most of the actors seemed bored and slept-walked through the play. You'd be much better off seeing a fresher production with more eager actors who enjoy bringing the text to life. Maybe this production was great in 1987 but its long since ran out of steam...