Warten auf Godot © Arno Declair
Warten auf Godot. Samuel Finzi, Wolfram Koch

Warten auf Godot (Waiting for Godot)

By Samuel Beckett
German translation Elmar Tophoven

Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen / Deutsches Theater, Berlin

Directed by Ivan Panteleev
Stage and costume design Mark Lammert
Lighting design Robert Grauel
Sound design Martin Person
Dramaturgy Claus Caesar

Estragon Wolfram Koch
Wladimir Samuel Finzi
Lucky Andreas Döhler
Pozzo Christian Grashof
A boy Andreas Döhler

A spotlight flits across a light-coloured width of material on Mark Lammert’s set, which contracts as if to form the hub of the world, disappearing into the gorge of a funnel in which two men stand. Vladimir and Estragon (Samuel Finzi, Wolfram Koch) stare out of the crater’s hole as if they had just landed on a strange planet. In this restricted area and free zone of pure acting, limited by black curtains, only the imagination is real. Two have-nots who possess neither shoe nor hat, neither radish nor turnip. No props to hold on to. Pozzo and Lucky (Christian Grashof, Andreas Döhler) also climb out of this primal hole, equally bereft of all utensils: no rope, no whip, no suitcase, nothing at all. In Ivan Panteleev’s “Waiting for Godot“, there is a second hand-writing underneath the openly legible one, as in a palimpsest: the signature of Dimiter Gotscheff, to whom this production was dedicated. For Panteleev and his actors, it’s all entertainment and running gag, chasing across the funnel’s sloping walls. Finzi and Koch are masters of self-re-enactment, both visionaries of the present and bearers of hidden history, virtuosos of stage business, experts of the eternal now and sealers of time. |

With English surtitles

Duration 2h 20, no interval

Premiere Recklinghausen 5 June 2014
Premiere Berlin 28 September 2014

Public discussion on 9 May, following the performance

12 May, following the performance
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