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Waiting for Godot: 'a great tragic play about living'

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It is the 60th Anniversary today of the first performance of Samuel Beckett's iconic play Waiting for Godot - the surrealist masterpiece.

The play became an enduring classic, finding audiences over the decades in locations as diverse as Communist China and Sarajevo, from behind the Iron Curtain to within the walls of San Quentin jail.

But why has the play got such longstanding appeal?

The question is debated by Ronald Pickup, an actor who played Lucky alongside Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart, who knew Samuel Beckett and was directed by him, and Professor Jim Knowlson, Emeritus Professor at the University of Reading, which holds the largest collection of Beckett's manuscripts in the world - he was a friend of Samuel Beckett for 19 years and wrote his biography Damned to Fame.


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