Teatro S茫o Jo茫o

脌 Espera de Godot

by Samuel Beckett

directed by G谩bor Tompa

脌 Espera de Godot


Waiting for Godot 鈥 a title that has become proverbial throughout the world. Probably no other 20th-century play holds such universal appeal. It is fair to state that, on the night when his 鈥渢ragicomedy in two acts鈥 premiered, Samuel Beckett completely changed not just dramatic literature, but the theatrical condition itself. On a road, by a tree, two down-and-out wights, seemingly out of a vaudeville routine or a silent film, amuse themselves with games and pranks, cry, laugh, and discuss everything: a pair of boots, the Gospels, suicide鈥 They are waiting for someone who is not coming, who never comes: Godot, the mystery-character Beckett always refused to identify as God, being more interested in highlighting what happens while we wait than in what we are waiting for. A leading figure of the international theatrical scene and president of the Union des Th茅芒tres de l鈥橢urope, Romanian-Hungarian stage director G谩bor Tompa led several actors from the Teatro Nacional S茫o Jo茫o鈥檚 almost resident cast in this production, which brought to a close, on 7 March, the TNSJ鈥檚 Centenary Programme. Back then, the performance only took place online; now, after a long wait, we will finally see Didi and Gogo鈥檚 puerile and clownish survival games, performed with the accuracy of a music score.


by Samuel Beckett directed by G谩bor Tompa translated by Francisco Lu铆s Parreira

set design and costumes Andrei Both lighting design Filipe Pinheiro direction assistance Manuel Tur

cast Jo茫o Melo, Maria Leite, M谩rio Santos, Rodrigo Santos, Vicente Melo

produced by Teatro Nacional S茫o Jo茫o

opening 7Mar2021 Teatro Nacional S茫o Jo茫o playing time 2:20 with intermission Ages 14 and up


English subtitles

12 Dec Portuguese Sign Language + Post-show talk with Luis Mestre