Waiting for Godot, starring Brian Cox & Bill Paterson at The Lyceum

Waiting for Godot

By Samuel Beckett
Directed by Lyceum Artistic Director Mark Thomson

“What are we doing here? That is the question”

Two of Scotland’s great stage actors - Brian Cox and Bill Paterson - star as Vladimir and Estragon in Samuel Beckett’s masterly black comedy.

On a bare country road, by a single tree, two down-and-out friends meet at dusk to await the arrival of the mysterious Mr. Godot. As they wait, they pass the time laughing at who they are, arguing over what little they have and speculating on the meaning of life. Their predicament would be absurd were it not so familiar.

In the 60 years since its first UK performance, Waiting for Godot has proved itself one of modern theatre’s great masterpieces. Deadly serious yet seriously funny, this elusive play continues to provide delightfully entertaining food for thought.

This exclusive three week run marks the 50th anniversary of the Royal Lyceum Theatre Company.

#Godot  | #lyceum50

Production made possible by

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Cast and Credits


  • Brian Cox
  • Bill Paterson
  • John Bett
  • Benny Young


  • Mark Thomson - Director
  • Michael Taylor - Designer
  • Mark Doubleday - LX Designer


Dates, Times & Prices

18 September– 10 October 2015

18, 19 and 21 September, 7.30pm
| On sale here

EVENINGS, 7.30pm
Tuesday - Saturday

Wednesdays and Saturdays

Runtime:  Approximately 2hrs 50 minutes, including a 20 minute interval


Individual Tickets

EVENINGS, 7.30pm
Tuesday - Saturday: £15 - £29.50

Wednesday and Saturday: £13 - £25

From £10, not available on Premium Seats

All prices guaranteed until 5 September 2015



  • Thursday 1 October - 7.30pm
  • Touch Tour - 6.15pm
  • Saturday 3 October - 2pm
  • Touch Tour - 12.45pm


  • Wednesday 7 October- 7.30pm


  • Saturday 10 October - 2pm

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Press Coverage

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★★★★★ David Pollock, The Independent
‘Played to perfection’ 

★★★★ Mark Fisher, The Guardian
‘An electrifying start to the Lyceum’s 50th-anniversary season.’ 

★★★★ Allan Radcliffe, The Times

★★★★ Mark Brown, The Telegraph

★★★★ Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman
‘Featuring the magnificent pairing of Brian Cox and Bill Paterson’ 

★★★★The Herald

★★★★★ Barry Gordon, Edinburgh Evening News
‘A masterclass in acting’

★★★★ Thom Dibdin, The Stage

★★★★ Alex Eades, The List
‘Cox and Paterson are glorious.’ 

★★★★ Robert James Peacock, TV Bomb
'It’s difficult to imagine how it could have been better done.'

★★★★ Hugh Simpson, All Edinburgh Theatre
‘Timeless Power.’ 

★★★★ Bill Dunlop, Edinburgh Guide
‘Truly unmissable.’

★★★★ Gareth Davies, The Public Reviews
‘Continues to stake its claim as a true classic of twentieth century drama.' 

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Give or take a bowler hat, the two men could be just the kind of vaudeville double act on which Beckett based the parts of Vladimir and Estragon, although, on this showing, it’s impossible to tell which is the straight man and which the fall guy. Mark Fisher, The Guardian

There’s a certain sense of regret from Cox and Paterson that their successful screen careers took them away from the Scottish stage and that they weren’t around to mentor younger actors the way Rikki Fulton or Fulton Mackay’s presence helped them.  David Pollack, The Independent

"Cox was one of the original performers in the first production staged by the Royal Lyceum Theatre Company, founded by Tom Fleming, which has been housed in the theatre since 1965." Thom Dibdin, The Stage

"Actors Cox (Rushmore, Zodiac, Bob Servant) and Paterson (Truly, Madly, Deeply, Doctor Who, Outlander) both spent the early years of their career at the Lyceum Theatre Company. In September, they’ll appear in a new version of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, directed by Lyceum artistic director Mark Thomson." Yasmin Sulaiman, The List


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