In the sixty years since the first production of Waiting for Godot the play has firmly secured its place as a modern classic. It is read, studied, and performed by everyone from high school actors to seasoned psychologists. Here is a timeline of the highlights of Godot throughout the years.
1948-1949 – En Attendant Godot is written
January 5th, 1953 – First production in a small theatre, Theatre de Babylone, in Paris. The production was directed by directed by Roger Blin
1954 – Luttringhausen prison in Germany performs Godot. After, an inmate writes an anonymous letter to Beckett stating:
“You will be surprised to be receiving a letter about your play Waiting for Godot, from a prison where so many thieves, forgers, toughs, homos, crazy men and killers spend this bitch of a life waiting…and waiting…and waiting. Waiting for what? Godot?”
August 3rd, 1955 – English language premiere at the Arts Theatre in London Directed by Peter Hall
January 3rd, 1956 – First American performance in Coconut Grove Playhouse in Florida starring Tom Ewell, John Scott Smart, Bert Lahr (pictured below).
November 19th, 1957 – The San Francisco Actors’ Workshop performs Godot for the San Quentin inmates.
1975 – Beckett directs his production at the Schiller Theater in West Berlin
1998 – Lincoln Center Theatre revival Starring Robin Williams, Steve Martin, Bill Irwin, and F. Murray Abraham.Directed by Mike Nichols
September 30th, 1991 – West End Revival Directed by Les Blair
1992 – Parisian court denies a director the right to cast women in the play.
February 2006 – Court rules in case in Italy that two women are allowed to perform the play, against the wishes of Beckett’s estate.
2007 – Christopher McElroen and Paul Chan conceive site specific performance of Godot in neighborhoods devastated by hurricane Katrina.
April 30th, 2009 – West End Revival at the Theatre Royal Haymarket Starring Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart
2009 – Broadway revival Starring Nathan Lane,John Goodman, and Bill Irwin.
Fall 2013 – Broadway revival Starring Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart
Spring 2013 – Online web series based on the French manuscript En Attendant Godot
List Compiled by Creative Producer Katie Williams