Waiting for Godot extends its run by one week

The Roundabout Theatre Company has announced a one week extension of its Broadway revival of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot, which will now play through to 12 Jul 2009.

Starring Bill Irwin (Vladimir), Nathan Lane (Estragon), John Goodman (Pozzo), John Glover (Lucky) and Matthew Schechter (Boy), and directed by Tony award winner Anthony Page, Waiting for Godot opened at Studio 54 on 30 Apr 2009, following previews from 3 Apr and was originally scheduled to end its run on 5 Jul 2009.

The show opened to mostly excellent reviews: "entertainment of a high order." (NY Times); "hypnotically entrancing" (NY Daily News); "This is bliss" (NewsDay); "screamingly funny and howlingly sad" (Back Stage).

Waiting for Godot's story revolves around two seemingly homeless men waiting for someone � or something � named Godot. Vladimir (Bill Irwin) and Estragon (Nathan Lane) wait near a tree on a barren stretch of road, inhabiting a drama spun from their own consciousness. The result is a comical wordplay of poetry, dreamscapes and nonsense, which has been interpreted as a somber summation of mankind�s inexhaustible search for meaning.

A cornerstone of twentieth century theatre, Waiting for Godot was Samuel Beckett�s first professionally produced play. It premiered in Paris in 1953 and premiered on Broadway in 1956 at the John Golden Theatre. Beckett�s language pioneered an expressionistic minimalism that captured the existentialism of post-World War II Europe.