Waiting for Godot


After two years of touring, the critically acclaimed production of Waiting for Godot, starring British actor Ian McKellen, came to SA to perform Beckett’s seminal play at The Fugard Theatre. Sean Mathias directed the show.

Vladimir and Estragon are waiting for the arrival of Godot, who continually sends word that he will appear but never does. They encounter Lucky and Pozzo, discuss their miseries and lots in life, consider hanging themselves, and yet wait. Vladimir and Estragon do not know why they were put on earth; they make the tenuous assumption that there must be some point to their existence, and they look to Godot for enlightenment.


First performance
29 July 2010

Final performance
14 August 2010

Main Theatre

Original Cast

Ian McKellen

Roger Rees

Matthew Kelly

Brendan O’Hea

Khathutshelo Khangala
Hisham Ryklief

Creative team

Sean Mathias

Stephen Brimson Lewis

Original Lighting Design
Paul Pyant

Fugard Theatre Lighting Design
Mannie Manim

Original Sound Design
Paul Groothuis

Fugard Theatre Producer
Eric Abraham

Originating Producers
Arnold M. Crook and Nigel Everett for Theatre Royal Haymarket Productions
Duncan C. Weldon and Paul Elliott for Triumph Entertainment

Production team

Stage Manager
Marisa Steenkamp

Assistant Stage Manager
Patience Jakavu

Wardrobe Mistress
Shauner Moletsane

Lighting Operator
Clinton Hlubi

Company Drivers
Zamile Gantana
Poseletso Sejosingoe

Production photos