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Waiting for Godot extends booking period - again

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

Waiting for Godot has once again extended its booking period at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, this time by two weeks – until August 9, 2009.

Previously Posted: Even before preview performances begin on April 30, Sean Mathias’ production of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, starring Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, has extended its booking period at the Theatre Royal Haymarket by one month – until July 26, 2009.

Previously Posted: Simon Callow and Ronald Pickup will join Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart in Sean Mathias’ production of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, which runs at the Theatre Royal Haymarket for a strictly limited season – from May 6 (previews from April 30) to June 28, 2009.

Waiting for Godot follows two consecutive days in the lives of tramps, Vladimir (Stewart) and Estragon (McKellen), who divert themselves by clowning around, joking and arguing, while waiting expectantly and unsuccessfully for the mysterious Godot.

Callow’s extensive theatre credits include The Kiss of the Spider Woman (Bush Theatre); Total Eclipse and Faust Parts 1and II (Lyric Hammersmith); Restoration (Royal Court Theatre); Titus Andronicus (Bristol Old Vic); and Amadeus, Sisterly Feelings, Galileo and Single Spies (National Theatre). He also performed The Mystery of Charles Dickens in the West End and on tour internationally.

As a director his work includes Shirley Valentine (West End and Broadway); Les Enfants du Paradis (Royal Shakespeare Company) and Carmen Jones (Old Vic).

And his numerous screen credits include Amadeus, A Room With a View, Maurice, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Shakespeare in Love, Postcards from the Edge and Chemical Wedding (film); Angels in America, Galileo’s Daughter, Hope Against Hope, Miss Marple, Lewis, Midsomer Murders, The Mystery of Charles Dickens and Dr Who (TV).

Callow, who was made a CBE in 1999, will play Pozzo in Waiting for Godot.

Pickup’s more recent theatre credits include Look Back in Anger (Theatre Royal Bath); Proof (Donmar Warehouse); Amy’s View, Peer Gynt, Three Sisters, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Richard II and As You Like It (National Theatre); The Norman Conquests (Gielgud Theatre); Julius Caesar (Royal Court Theatre); Hobson’s Choice and Little Eyolf (Lyric Hammersmith); The Cherry Orchard (Aldwych Theatre); and Uncle Vanya (on tour and the Rose Theatre Kingston).

On screen, he has appeared in The Worst Week of My Life; Holby City, Sea of Souls, The Last Detective, Cambridge Spies, Midsomer Murders, Waking the Dead, Dalziel and Pascoe, Ivanhoe, Hetty Wainthropp Investigates, Silent Witness, The Rector’s Wife, Absolute Hell, Dr Jeykll and Mr Hyde, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Chekhov in Yalta, The Fortunes of War and Pope John Paul II (TV); Tulse Luper Suitcase, The Secret Passage, Lolita, Danny the Champion of the World, The Fourth Protocol, The Mission, Camille, Never Say Never Again and The 39 Steps (film).

In Waiting for Godot, which is produced by the Theatre Royal Haymarket Company in partnership with Duncan C. Weldon Productions Ltd, Pickup will play Lucky.

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