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Poster for Waiting for Godot
  • Directed by

    Mike Nichols

  • Written by

    Samuel Beckett

  • Opening night

    October 11, 1988

  • Closing night

    November 27, 1988

  • Number of performances

    25 performances + 31 previews

  • Location

    Lincoln Center Theater (Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater)

Opening Night Cast

  • Robin Williams


  • Steve Martin


  • F. Murray Abraham


  • Bill Irwin


  • Lukas Haas

    A Boy


Two tramps, Vladimir and Estragon, pass the time while waiting for an unknown personage named Godot to appear. The play delves into themes of existence and of life's purpose, direction and absurdity.

Video Material

You can see the most interesting part between 4:09 and 10:40. Enjoy this rare material!


  • Estragon

    You wanted to speak to me? You had something to say to me? Didi...

  • Vladimir

    (angrily) I've nothing to say to you.

  • Estragon

    You're angry? Forgive me. Come, Didi. Give me your hand. Embrace me! Don't be stubborn! (They embrace and Estragon recoils) You stink of garlic!

  • Vladimir

    All the same, you can't tell me that this bears any resemblance to... to the Napa country, for example. You can't deny there's a big difference.

  • Estragon

    The Napa country! Who's talking to you about the Napa country?

  • Vladimir

    But you were there yourself, in the Napa country.

  • Estragon

    (angrily) No, I was never in the Napa country! I've puked my puke of a life away here, I tell you! Here! In the Crap-a country!

  • Estragon

    Let's go.

  • Vladimir

    We can't.

  • Estragon

    Why not?

  • Vladimir

    We're waiting for Godot.

  • Estragon

    (despairingly) Ah!...

  • Vladimir

    (insulting Estragon to pass the time) Moron!

  • Estragon


  • Vladimir


  • Estragon


  • Vladimir


  • Estragon


  • Vladimir


  • Estragon

    (with finality) Crritic! (Vladimir feigns death)




Waiting for Godot was an off-Broadway play. Although there were plans to tape the performance for a television broadcast, it is not currently available in any format.

Researchers and people in the arts can make an appointment to watch a DVD of this version of the play at the New York Public Library's Theatre on Film and Tape Archive.


  • Set

    Tony Walton

  • Costumes

    Ann Roth

  • Lighting

    Jennifer Tipton

  • Sound

    Tom Sorce

  • Makeup

    J. Roy Helland

  • General Manager

    Steven C. Callahan

  • Production Manager

    Jeff Hamlin

  • Props

    C.J. Simpson

  • Production Assistant

    Sarah Manley

  • Wigs

    Paul Huntley

  • Stage Managers

    Bill Buxton
    Gwendolyn M. Gilliam

  • Press

    Merle Debuskey
    Bill Evans

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