Watch and wait

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Listings - GERRY COL­GAN

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.

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