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Waiting for Godot is a byword in every major world language. No other twentieth-century play has achieved such global currency. His innovations have affected not only the writing of plays, but all aspects of their staging. In this book David Bradby explores the impact of the play and its influence on acting, directing, design, and the role of theatre in society. Bradby begins with an analysis of the play and its historical context. 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 actors such as Bert Lahr, David Warrilow, Georges Wilson, Barry McGovern and Ben Kingsley, and directors Roger Blin, Susan Sontag, Sir Peter Hall, Luc Bondy, Yukio Ninagawa and Beckett himself. It also contains an extensive production chronology, bibliography and illustrations from major productions.
Explores the impact of Waiting for Godot on the theatre and its many interpretations.
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.
About the Author
David Bradby is Professor of Drama and Theatre Studies and Dean of Arts at Royal Holloway, University of London. Awarded the Chevalier des Arts et Lettres (Republique Francaise) in 1997. He is a leading expert in the areas of modern theatre, especially French drama. He has translated plays by Bernard-Marie KoltÃ¨s and Michel Vinaver and directed many productions with student casts, including the first English-language production of Pirandelloâ€™s The Mountain Giants. His books include Mise en Scene: French Theatre Now, co-authored with Annie Sparks (Methuen, 1997); The Theatre of Michel Vinaver (Michigan University Press, 1993), Modern French Drama, 1940 — 1990 (Cambridge, 1991) and Directorâ€™s Theatre, co-authored with David Williams (Macmillan, 1988). David Bradby is General Editor of the series Cambridge Studies in Modern Theatre.
Table of Contents
List of productions; Introduction; 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 Actorâ€™s Workshop of San Francisco 1957; 6. Beckettâ€™s own production: Schiller-Theater, Berlin, March 1975; 7. â€˜Fail again. Fail better.â€™: 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; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.
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