Waiting for Godot stars Richard Roxburgh and Hugo Weaving will be waiting forever for their director.
Sydney Theatre Company announced on Friday that director Tamas Ascher would be unable to make the trip to Australia and that the company’s artistic director, Andrew Upton, would now direct the Samuel Beckett drama.
Ascher has been ordered to remain in Budapest after sustaining an unspecified injury. He will not make it to Sydney at all during the production.
“We send the great Tamas Ascher our very best wishes for a full and speedy recovery. I doubt there could be a better cast to have faced this unusual, yet strangely appropriate dilemma,” Upton said.
“Already in these first days of rehearsals, Richard, Hugo, Luke and Phillip have been truly inspiring with their intelligence and, perhaps most importantly, wonderful sense of the absurd.”
Roxburgh plays Estragon and Weaving plays Vladimir in the quintessential absurdist play. The two characters wait for someone named Godot, who never shows up.
Waiting for Godot opens on November 12 and runs until December 21.