Tickets go on sale for Lucian Msamati and Ben Whishaw-led 'Waiting for Godot' in the West End

Whishaw's film credits include Paddington, Skyfall, Spectre, and No Time To Die, while Msamati starred in Games of Thrones and Gangs of London.

Olivia Rook
Olivia Rook

Tickets are on sale for a new production of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, starring Paddington actor Ben Whishaw and Lucian Msamati. The show will open at Theatre Royal Haymarket in the West End on 13 September.

Whishaw, whose credits include the role of Q in Skyfall, Spectre, and No Time To Die and the voice of Paddington in Paddington and Paddington 2, will play Vladimir. Msamati, who starred in Games of Thrones and Gangs of London, is cast as Estragon.

Lucian Msamati said, “The wait has been worth it! I look forward to making merry mischief with James Macdonald for the first time and a too long overdue reunion with the creative brilliance and genuine spirit that is Ben Whishaw”.

Ben Whishaw said, “When I was 18 I was doing an art foundation course in Bedford and went one night with a friend to London to see a play that was part of a season of plays by Samuel Beckett at the Barbican Theatre. The play was Waiting for Godot. The next day I dropped out of my art course, having decided I wanted to study acting instead.

"I am unbelievably thrilled and excited - and a little terrified too - to be having this chance to perform Beckett’s utterly radical and incredibly beautiful play. It has haunted me since that night 25 years ago. And to get to do it with Lucian Msamati and James Macdonald … well, that’s just a dream”.

Tickets go on sale today, with 25,000 tickets across the run priced at £25 and under, of which 5,000 are held for under 30s and key workers.

Producer Kate Horton said, “We hope as many people as possible will have the chance to experience this production and be inspired by the trail-blazing play, Waiting for Godot. So I’m delighted that we have 25,000 tickets for £25 and under available across the run, including 5,000 tickets particularly for under 30s and key workers.”

Set and costume designer Rae Smith will join the creative team, with further casting and creatives to be announced.

Waiting for Godot follows two men, Vladimir and Estragon, who spend their time waiting by a tree for the arrival of a mysterious character named Godot. They don’t know who he is, why they are meeting or what time he is coming – only that something incredible could happen when he does.

Waiting for Godot will play a limited run at Theatre Royal Haymarket from 13 September until 14 December.

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Photo credit: Waiting for Godot. (Photo courtesy of production)

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