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David Bradby's study explores the impact of Waiting for Godot and its influence on acting, directing, design, and the role of theater in society. After discussing the first productions in France, Britain and America, he examines subsequent productions in Africa, Eastern Europe, Israel, America, China and Japan. The book assesses interpretations by Bert Lahr and Ben Kingsley, as well as such directors as Roger Blin, Susan Sontag, Sir Peter Hall, and Beckett himself. It also contains an extensive production chronology, bibliography and illustrations from major productions.Read more
- Discusses productions in France, Britain, America, Africa, Eastern Europe, Israel, America, China and Japan
- Assesses interpretations by actors such as Bert Lahr, David Warrilow, Georges Wilson, Barry McGovern and Ben Kingsley
- Contains an extensive production chronology, bibliography and illustrations from major productions
Reviews & endorsements
‘… an excellent historical account of Waiting for Godot in performance, covering an impressive range of productions … Beckett: Waiting for Godot is certainly an invaluable source of information for anyone interested in staging the play.’ Theatre Research InternationalSee more reviews
‘… this is a first-rate guide to the multiple ways this text has been made to work.’ English Studies
‘David Bradby’s contribution to Cambridge University Press’s fine series Plays In Production is a superb volume on Waiting for Godot … a most welcome addition … It is elegantly written, well presented, and immensely helpful through the wealth of information, insights, and analysis it presents in a very handy format.’ Becket Circle Newsletter
'David Bradby provides the first comprehensive survey of the key production of Samuel Beckett's most renowned dramatic work and a refreshing assessment of the genesis of the play within its cultural contexts … the book sits usefully on the shelf of anyone with an interest not only in Beckett's theatrical achievement, but in issues of play authorship and the interfaces between actors, directors, designers and a playscript or its author. The writing would attract and interest the general reader as well as the scholar, student, actor, director or designer and the work as a whole represents a useful sourcebook and a fascinating and readable account of the history of this most celebrated of plays.' Studies in Theatre and Performance
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- Date Published: December 2001
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521595100
- length: 268 pages
- dimensions: 216 x 140 x 15 mm
- weight: 0.386kg
- contains: 12 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
List of productions
1. Beckett before Waiting for Godot
2. Waiting for Godot - the play
3. The first production: Theatre de Babylone, January 1953
4. The first productions in English: Arts Theatre, London, August 1955 and Pike Theatre, Dublin, October 1955
5. Early productions in the United States: Coconut Grove, Miami, January 1956 and Actor's Workshop of San Francisco 1957
6. Beckett's own production: Schiller-Theater, Berlin, March 1975
7. 'Fail again. Fail better.': productions in Avignon, Prague, Munich, Holland and Japan
8. Godot in political context: productions in Belgrade, Sarajevo, South Africa, Palestine, Quebec, Paris and China
9. Productions at the end of the twentieth century
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