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«Περιμένοντας τον Γκοντό» στη Θεσσαλονίκη

Η παράσταση«Περιμένοντας τον Γκοντό» του Σάμουελ Μπέκετ, σε σκηνοθεσία Κωστή Καπελώνη, που παίχτηκε με επιτυχία στοΘέατρο Τέχνης Καρόλος Κουν το χειμώνα, θα παρουσιαστεί (16-20/5) στο Δημοτικό Θέατρο Καλαμαριάς «Μελίνα Μερκούρη». Πρόκειται για το πιο γνωστό έργο του Ιρλανδού δραματουργού και ίσως το σημαντικότερο θεατρικό έργο του 20ού αιώνα. Εχει γίνει αντικείμενο πολλών ερμηνειών και συζητήσεων. Δύο άστεγοι αλήτες περιμένουν στη μέση του πουθενά την άφιξη κάποιου μυστηριώδους Γκοντό που θα τους σώσει, αλλά δεν έρχεται ποτέ. Τους πέντε ανδρικούς ρόλους του έργου ερμηνεύουν οι: Κάτια Γέρου, Δήμητρα Χατούπη, Μυρτώ Αλικάκη, Λουκία Πιστιόλα, Εύα Οικονόμου – Βαμβακά. Μετάφραση: Σουζάνα Χούλια. Κοστούμια: Κατερίνα Σωτηρίου. Κίνηση: Πωλίνα Κρεμαστά.

Waiting for Godot, Haymarket Theatre Royal, review

  • It is difficult, more than half a century since its British premiere in 1955, to understand the bewilderment and outrage that Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot once caused. Rating: * * * *

By Charles Spencer
Telegraph: 28 Jan 2010

Waiting for Godot performed at the Theatre Royal Haymarket

Ian McKellen as Estragon and Roger Rees as Vladimir Photo: Alastair Muir

Even some of the original cast confessed themselves baffled by the piece, and walkouts by members of the audience were a regular feature of Peter Hall’s ground-breaking production.

Now the tramps, Vladimir and Estragon, are regarded as familiar, much-loved friends while Beckett’s vision of two men, whiling away the hours to death in an indifferent universe with wry jokes, and mutinous grumbles as they await a salvation that will never come, accords with many people’s view of human existence. Indeed it is belief in the possibility of redemption that seems eccentric to most people now.

Perhaps familiarity has made the play seem a little too cosy. This production of Waiting for Godot, once regarded as dauntingly depressing, was one of the biggest hits of a superb, record-breaking year for London theatre in 2009, and was received with lost constant affectionate chuckles at the first night of this revival. Two members of the original cast, Ian McKellen as Estragon and Ronald Pickup as the luckless Lucky, are still on board, while Roger Rees has replaced Patrick Stewart at Vladimir, and Matthew Kelly has taken over from Simon Callow as the bullying but finally frail and pitiable Pozzo.

I was lukewarm about Sean Mathias’s production last time around, describing it as a Godot Lite that made too much of the play’s humour at the expense of its bleak stage poetry and deeper, darker moods.

That reservation remains, and I also doubt the wisdom of setting the piece in a derelict theatre with that famous solitary tree growing through the rotting planks of the stage to emphasise the fact that Vladimir and Estragon, with their patter routines and their pass-the hat number have a lot in common with a pair of battered vaudevillians of the kind Beckett himself particularly enjoyed.

But it seems churlish to grumble when there is so much to enjoy. McKellen’s performance as Estragon may lack the required moments of terror and despair, but he is so cheesed-off in his grumbles, so poignant in his memory loss, so funny in his moments of childlike elation and so tender in his reconciliations with Vladimir, that for once I find myself unable to carp. There is a combination of skill, warmth and vulnerability in this performance that put me in mind of McKellen’s great fellow Lancastrian, Eric Morecambe.

Roger Rees misses the authority that Patrick Stewart brought to the role of Vladimir, but this humane, engaging actor, still fondly remembered for his Nicholas Nickleby with the RSC and absent from the British stage for far too long, brings a fine mixture of affection and exasperation to his dealings with Estragon, and captures the play’s sudden shafts of existential despair that are in short supply elsewhere.

Matthew Kelly makes a superbly grotesque, mad-eyed Pozzo, while Ronald Pickup is both pitiable and hauntingly strange as his slave, Pozzo.

This isn’t a definitive Godot – but it is almost certainly the funniest and most compassionate production of the play you will ever see.

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Μπέκετ «Περιμένοντας τον Γκοντό» στο Λονδίνο με τους Ian McKellen και Patrick Stewart

Starring Sir Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart

Οι μνήμες άρχισαν να χορεύουν όταν είδα ότι πέθανε ο Ζαν Μαρτέν και δεν το πήραμε χαμπάρι. Αλλά χάρηκα μόλις διάβασα την είδηση ότι ο Γκοντό θα παιχτεί στο Λονδίνο. Μάλλον θα είναι η παράσταση της χρονιάς. Και τούτο διότι θα ερμηνεύσουν το έργο δυο από τους σπουδαιότερους ηθοποιούς του σύγχρονου αγγλικού θεάτρου: Ian McKellen και Patrick Stewart. Βέβαια, ο καθένας έχει την καλλιτεχνική του προϊστορία και στον κινηματογράφο και στο θέατρο. Ωστόσο, νιώθει κανείς ότι αξίζει να πάει και στο Λονδίνο ακόμη για να τους δει να παίζουν στο Περιμένοντας τον Γκοντό του ιδιοφυούς Σάμιουελ Μπέκετ. Στις 30 Απριλίου είναι η πρεμιέρα, στο THEATRE ROYAL HAYMARKET. Ιδού και το σχετικό αναγγελτικό του θεάτρου:

Welcome To Waiting for Godot

When Samuel Beckett’s Waiting For Godot exploded on to the London stage 50 years ago, it shocked as many people as it delighted. There had never been a play like it; two men clowning around, joking and arguing, repeating themselves, as they wait through one day and then another, waiting for the mysterious Godot. The combination of music hall, poetry and tension redefined what is possible in theatre, so that these days, Waiting for Godot is accepted as one of the most significant plays of the 20th century.

Beckett’s characters have lost none of their power to fascinate and amuse and this production, directed by the acclaimed theatre and film director, Sean Mathias, has attracted the sort of great actors that the play deserves.

Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart are both renowned Shakespearean actors at Stratford-upon-Avon, in the West End and on Broadway. They first worked together in Tom Stoppard’s Every Good Boy Deserves Favour for the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1977 and more recently in the X-Men film trilogy, as Magneto and Professor X. Each of them has established their own iconic screen persona, as Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings and as Star Trek’s Jean-Luc Picard.

Their new partnership with Beckett will be the theatre event of the year.