Announcement: Waiting for Godot

Posted on: October 16th, 2008 by Todd Haimes

It is my pleasure to confirm the rumor that our second production at Studio 54 this season will be Samuel Beckett’s play Waiting for Godot, directed by Anthony Page. The production will star Tony Award winners Bill Irwin (Vladimir) and Nathan Lane (Estragon).
Bob Fosse’s DANCIN’, which we had planned to follow Pal Joey into Studio 54, will instead be a part of our 2009-2010 season.

It is truly an honor to welcome Bill Irwin, Nathan Lane and Anthony Page back to the Roundabout family—it has been far too long.
Our last collaboration with Bill was in 1998, when he directed George Feydeau’s A Flea in Her Ear. The previous year he directed and starred in his own adaptation of Scapin at the first Laura Pels Theatre. Bill has since earned a Tony Award for his performance in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Nathan last appeared on the American Airlines stage in our 2000 production of The Man Who Came to Dinner. He is perhaps best known for his Tony Award-winning performances in The Producers and A Funny Thing Happened..., though he has also appeared in Guys and Dolls, Love! Valour! Compassion!, The Odd Couple, Butley, and last season’s production of November, to name a few.
And Anthony is an old friend of Roundabout, having directed our productions of Inadmissible Evidence in 1981 and The Caretaker in 1982. He served as the Artistic Director at the Royal Court Theatre, where he directed the first London revival of Waiting for Godot as well as a production of A Doll’s House that transferred to Broadway and earned him a Tony Award.
I truly look forward to working with this incredibly talented team.
Waiting for Godot will being previews on Friday, April 10th and will officially open on Thursday, April 30th.

-Todd Haimes
Artistic Director

Related Categories:
2008-2009 Season, Waiting for Godot

  1. Marisa Hagan

    October 17, 2008

    I have never seen “Godot” and am very pleased (I would say “delighted” or “thrilled” were these words not so constantly overused in actors’ bios) to have the opportunity–and with such a stellar cast! Thanks.

  2. Susan Edgerley

    October 17, 2008

    If “Dancin'” was among our shows selected for this season, will we automatically receive tickets for “Godot?”

  3. Ethan, Roundabout Ticket Services

    October 17, 2008

    All subscriber tickets that were valid for “Dancin'” will automatically be valid for “Godot” instead (the tickets should read “STUDIO 2”). If you have not received your tickets yet they will automatically be for “Godot” instead of “Dancin’.” If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to call Roundabout Ticket Services at 212-719-1300.

  4. Abram

    October 17, 2008

    Bravo! This change certainly improves the “balance” of the season.

  5. Paul Lowry

    October 17, 2008

    Are the PELS#3 and AMER#3 tickets still TBA’s?

  6. EthanU

    October 17, 2008

    Pels #3 is still a TBA. However, Amer #3 has been announced as “The Philanthropist”! For more information please see Todd Haimes’ official announcement from October 8th:

  7. Vivian Tramontana

    October 17, 2008

    I am delighted to be able to see Nathan Lane and Bill Irwin in Waiting for Godot. However I am confused on the location for the play.
    You initially said “Waiting for Godot will replace Bob Fosse’s DANCIN’ as the final show in the American Airlines this season” later in the read further you say it will appear in Studio 54 . Please tell me where it will appear. Studio 54 makes the most sense.

  8. chris pantano

    October 18, 2008

    Since “Waiting for Godot ” was not part of my original selection for my season tickets, may I select a different show?

  9. Richard Fogler

    October 19, 2008

    We already have our tickets for “Dancin'”…The Sunday, May 3rd 2009, 2 P.M. performance. Is it an even switch, and if so how will you do it?

  10. Ethan, Roundabout Ticket Services

    October 20, 2008

    I apologize for the confusion about the location of “Waiting For Godot”. For the record, that show will be performed at Studio 54 as a direct replacement for “Dancin'”.

  11. Ethan, Roundabout Ticket Services

    October 20, 2008

    @Richard Fogler
    The tickets you are holding for May 3rd Matinee should be titled “Studio 2”. If so, then these same tickets are automatically valid for “Waiting For Godot” on the same date. Simply use or exchange normally. If the tickets are titled “Dancin'” (perhaps after being exchanged), please contact Roundabout Ticket Services at 212-719-1300 for assistance.

  12. Ethan, Roundabout Ticket Services

    October 20, 2008

    @Chris Pantano:
    Please contact Roundabout Ticket Services at 212-719-1300 for assistance.

  13. Joan

    October 28, 2008

    October 28th, 2008 at 1:27 pm
    I don’t really think that “Waiting for Godot” improves the balance of the season; the original schedule of musicals, drama, both classic and new, was an excellent line-up and convinced us to renew. Disappointed.

  14. Radhini Xavier

    February 17, 2009

    I am not happy with the selection “Waiting for Godot” which replaces “Dancin'”, in spite of the great cast. I saw “Waiting for Godot” many years ago in another country and didn’t like it at all. I have to resign myself to seeing it again as it is part of my 2008-2009 subscription.



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