A ground-breaking masterwork of 20th century drama, Waiting for Godot has prompted persistent and fierce speculation for over 60 years. With many possible interpretations, Samuel Beckett’s first thought-provoking play is one you simply cannot ignore.
Later this month Westacre Theatre Company is staging Waiting for Godot and in today’s Lynn News competition we have three pairs of tickets on offer for the opening night, Friday, March 24, at 7.30pm.
When its London premiere was reviewed by leading critics as a masterpiece, Beckett’s position was secured as the most radical and innovative English language playwright of his time. Influencing other rising stars like Harold Pinter and Tom Stoppard means the significance of Waiting for Godot cannot be overstated.
The Westacre Theatre Company is well known for its dramas of immense integrity and this will be no exception. The intimacy of its studio theatre will bring the play’s endless puzzlement just that little bit closer to you.
At best, Beckett only ever offered cryptic clues about the meaning of his work. So you and the audience around you will need to evolve your own views to take away and ponder. A fundamental plank to the play’s long-standing success is the enormous amount of unravelling – political, social, sexual and religious - undertaken by theatre-goers the world over.
No easy answers on offer to you here and now. But lots of questions will no doubt be posed. What are the characters loitering on Westacre Theatre’s stage actually waiting for? The one repeated assertion is, of course, that they are waiting for Godot.
This is live theatre at its most interesting and touching performed in a setting that is out of the ordinary, too. Located in rolling Norfolk countryside with its own landscaped lagoon, Westacre Theatre is only a mile off the A47 and centrally situated in West Norfolk with ample free off-road parking, it is around a half-hour’s drive from King’s Lynn, Downham Market, Watton and Fakenham.
For your chance to win a pair of tickets to the show just answer this question:
Was Waiting for Godot the first, second or third play by Samuel Becket?
Put your answer on a postcard or the back of a stuck-down envelope and send to: Waiting for Godot, Lynn News, Limes House, Purfleet Street, King’s Lynn PE30 1HL. You can also email the answer to firstname.lastname@example.org; please type Waiting for Godot in the subject box and include your address and contact telephone number. Closing date for entries is Tuesday, March 14.
A warm welcome will await you at Westacre Theatre on Friday 24th, Saturday 25th, and Friday 31st March as well as Saturday 1st April. Curtain up is at 7.30pm. Optional pre-booked suppers served from 6pm enable you to make this a complete night out for yourself, friends and family.
You can book online at www.westacretheatre.com or leave a message on 01760 755800 and the theatre will return your call.