Watch and wait
WAITING FOR GODOT Colaiste Bride, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford Tues 7pm 125 1890-305305; Simon Ryan Theatre, Tipperary Excel Wed 8pm 125 062-80520; White Memorial Theatre, Clonmel, Co Tipperary Thurs 8pm 125 1890-305305 The English language offers an array of cliched phrases that are useful if often inaccurate. The “forseeable future” is one, and “a definitive production” another. How can one anticipate the creativity ahead that can lift an enduring play to new heights? But once in a while we are blessed with something so special that lush superlatives are inadequate, and a simple statement that signals the critic’s surrender is the highest form of tribute.
Something of the sort has happened to the Gate’s renowned version of Beckett’s masterpiece, Waiting for Godot, which has conquered the theatrical world. Now, in celebration of its 80th birthday, the Gate has launched a national tour of the original production from 20 years ago, with the same team – director Walter Asmus and actors Barry McGovern (pictured), Johnny Murphy, Alan Stanford and Stephen Brennan.
Waiting for Godot will visit 32 counties with 40 productions in eight weeks throughout September and October, for one night only in each venue, in the longest stage tour ever undertaken in Ireland. Cliche or not, that really is a triumphal procession.