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Beckett begins again

Is the work of Ireland's greatest dramatist being ossified by reverence? Colin Murphy watches three productions on tour and asks Beckett's first British publisher what the future holds

By Colin Murphy   April 2009

One afternoon last October, I boarded a bus at the village of Glasson in the Irish Midlands for a two-hour, cross-country drive to a small town in County Cavan. The bus had “Waiting for Godot” emblazoned on the sides and, for passing helicopters, on top. In it were the cast and crew of the Gate Theatre’s Waiting for Godot, somewhere towards the end of what could alternately be described as a 40-night or a 20-year tour.

The Gate’s Godot was first staged in 1988, directed by Walter Asmus, who had assisted Beckett on a legendary production at the Schiller Theatre…

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