September 17, 2014
The itchy-footed Sydney Theatre Company will hit the road again next June, taking its acclaimed production of Waiting For Godot to London.
The production, directed by Sydney Theatre Company artistic director Andrew Upton and starring Hugo Weaving, Richard Roxburgh and Luke Mullins (the latter two won Helpmann awards for their work), will be staged at the Barbican as part of its International Beckett Season in 2015.
The announcement comes just a month after the company’s production of The Maids, directed by Benedict Andrews and starring Cate Blanchett and Isabelle Huppert, played New York as part of the Lincoln Centre Festival.
Where The Maids met with some mixed reviews from New York critics – Blanchett was universally praised, but critics weren’t so kind to Huppert – Godot, which earned all-round raves during its 2013 Sydney run, should be a surer bet.
Writing in The Sydney Morning Herald at the time, Fairfax Media theatre critic Jason Blake said, “Everything conspires to make Vladimir and Estragon’s existential plight feel touchingly real. Despite the coldness of the setting, the production radiates human warmth and leaves us struck, in the end, not by a sense of hopelessness, but by the human capacity to endure it.”