Ian McKellen and Roger Rees will appear in Waiting For Godot

Ian McKellen and Roger Rees are staring in Mathias’s sell-out production of Waiting For Godot at the Theatre Royal Haymarket next year for a strictly limited season.

Two old friends meet to converse, joke and argue with themselves as they wait through one day and then another for the mysterious Godot…the combination of music hall, poetry and tension redefined what is possible in theatre, so that today Waiting for Godot is accepted as one of the most significant plays of the 20th century.

When Samuel Beckett’s play exploded on to the London stage 50 years ago, it shocked as many people as it delighted. There had never been a play like it; indeed it was said that: “(Beckett) has achieved a theoretical impossibility—a play in which nothing happens, that yet keeps audiences glued to their seats.”

In a year rich with diverse drama Sean Mathias’s 2009 production for the Theatre Royal Haymarket matched the success of the London premiere and proved one of the most successful plays of the season (indeed of any season) and broke all box office records for both the play and the theatre.

After a sold out national tour and an extended run in the West End, the Haymarket revives the production, again directed by Sean Mathias with Ian McKellen and Ronald Pickup returning to their memorable roles as Estragon and Lucky. The highly acclaimed and award-winning actors, Roger Rees and Matthew Kelly now join them as Vladimir and Pozzo.

Book Tickets for Waiting for Godot at Theatre Royal Haymarket!

Waiting for Godot has Extended Its London Run Until 9 August

The Theatre Royal Haymarket production of Waiting For Godot, has extended its London run until 9 August.

Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart are both renowned Shakespearean actors at Stratford-upon-Avon, in the West End and on Broadway. They first worked together in Tom Stoppard’s Every Good Boy Deserves Favour for the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1977 and more recently in the X-Men film trilogy, as Magneto and Professor X. Each of them has established their own iconic screen persona, as Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings and as Star Trek’s Jean-Luc Picard.

Book Tickets for Waiting for Godot

Waiting For Godot Reviews

“Superb classic actors that are subtle and commanding, touching and funny, vulnerable and dignified” The Times

“A Godot worth waiting for” Daily Mail

“This double act is as deftly performed as you are ever likely to see. This is a chance to catch two veteran actors at the top of their game” Evening Standard

Simon Callow as Pozzo “Astonishing” Daily Express

“Unforgettable” The Observer

“Callow might have been born to play Pozzo” The Daily Telegraph

Donald Pickup’s Lucky is “wonderfully strange and affecting” The Sunday Times

“Had the audience bursting into spontaneous applause” Daily Express

Director Sean Mathias ensures “while the comedy is always there, the depth of meaning which the work examines is never lost amid the laughter” “The theatrical event of the year” Daily Express

“A world class cast. Sean Mathias’s production makes Beckett’s inaccessible play surprisingly approachable.” London Lite