Lucian Msamati and Ben Whishaw to star in Waiting for Godot revival in West End

A new production of Samuel Beckett’s celebrated play Waiting for Godot is to open in the West End.

This much-anticipated revival, directed by James Macdonald, is set to open at London’s Theatre Royal Haymarket in September 2024 for a strictly limited run.

The play will feature acclaimed actors Lucian Msamati, playing Estragon, and Ben Whishaw, in the role of Vladimir

Lucian Msamati said: “The wait has been worth it! I look forward to making merry mischief with James Macdonald for the first time and a too long overdue reunion with the creative brilliance and genuine spirit that is Ben Whishaw.”

Ben Whishaw added: “When I was 18 I was doing an art foundation course in Bedford and went one night with a friend to London to see a play that was part of a season of plays by Samuel Beckett at the Barbican Theatre. The play was Waiting for Godot. The next day I dropped out of my art course, having decided I wanted to study acting instead.

“I am unbelievably thrilled and excited – and a little terrified too – to be having this chance to perform Beckett’s utterly radical and incredibly beautiful play. It has haunted me since that night 25 years ago. And to get to do it with Lucian Msamati and James Macdonald … well, that’s just a dream.”

Waiting for Godot is renowned for its profound impact on modern theatre. The play centres around two characters, Didi and Gogo, as they wait by a tree for the enigmatic Godot. The narrative delves into themes of existence, time, and companionship, resonating deeply with audiences worldwide.

Lucian Msamati, known for his diverse and impressive theatre, television, and film credits, brings a wealth of experience to his role. His past performances include notable productions such as Amadeus, Othello, and The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui.

Ben Whishaw, a multi-award-winning actor, brings his extensive film and television experience to the stage. His notable works include roles in Skyfall, Paddington, and A Very English Scandal, among others.

The production team has promised further casting details and specific dates soon. Tickets for Waiting for Godot will go on sale in February 2024.

Waiting for Godot is produced by Kate Horton for Fictionhouse and Len Blavatnik and Danny Cohen for Access Entertainment, in association with Kate Pakenham Productions.

About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.


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