Subtitled 'A tragicomedy in two Acts', and famously described by the Irish critic Vivien Mercier as a play in which 'nothing happens, twice', En attendant Godot was first performed at the Théâtre de Babylone in Paris in 1953. It was translated into English by Samuel Beckett, and Waiting for Godot opened at the Arts Theatre in London in 1955.
'Go and see Waiting for Godot. At the worst you will discover a curiosity, a four-leaved clover, a black tulip; at the best something that will securely lodge in a corner of your mind for as long as you live.' Harold Hobson, 7 August 1955
'I told him that if by Godot I had meant God I would have said God, and not Godot. This seemed to disappoint him greatly.' Samuel Beckett, 1955
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Beckett's first stage play portrays two tramps, trapped in an endless waiting for the arrival of a mysterious personage named Godot, while disputing the appointed place and hour of his coming. They amuse themselves with various bouts of repartee and word-play.Review:
'Nothing happens, nobody comes, nobody goes, it is terrible.' ( Jean Anouilh's judgement of the first production at the Theatre Babylone in 1953)
Here, for the first time, the reader can watch it unfold simultaneously in two languages. ( Irish Post 2006-08-19)
Academics and students have been waiting a couple of generations for something of this kind and are likely to snap up the edition like hot cakes ... For a great lover of language and the inheritor of Joyce's mantle, sound can be almost as important as meaning and it can be instructive, to switch across the page on occasion and red the other language ... In sum, this is an amazing play in which every word counts. (Philip Fisher The British Theatre Guide)
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