A Chicago Shakespeare WorldStage presentation
Ireland’s Druid theatre company

Waiting for Godot

Tony Award-winner Garry Hynes directs Samuel Beckett’s masterpiece
in a limited engagement, May 23–June 3, 2018


Chicago—April 17, 2018—Chicago Shakespeare Theater welcomes back Ireland’s Druid theatre company—“one of the world’s greatest acting ensembles” (The Guardian)—with its critically acclaimed production of Samuel Beckett’s masterpiece, Waiting for Godot. Staged by Tony Award-winning director Garry Hynes, the production will be presented for a limited engagement in the Courtyard Theater as part of WorldStage at Chicago Shakespeare, May 23–June 3, 2018.

Two friends wait on a bare road in the middle of nowhere for the arrival of the mysterious Godot. To pass the time, they debate life’s great unanswered questions, until two figures appear at dusk. The Irish Times lauds it as “the freshest, funniest and most affecting production of the play in at least a quarter of a century.”

Hailed “the pre-eminent director of Irish drama” by The New York Times, Garry Hynes co-founded Druid theatre company in 1975 and has served as its artistic director for all but three years, while she was the artistic director of Dublin’s Abbey Theatre. A trailblazer, Hynes was the first woman to ever win the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play—for her premiere production of Martin McDonagh’s debut work The Beauty Queen of Leenane in 1998. Among her many honors, Hynes has garnered the Joe A. Callaway Award for Outstanding Directing, Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards for Best Director, and a Special Tribute Award for her contribution to Irish Theatre.

Internationally recognized as a bold, ground-breaking company, Druid returns to Chicago Shakespeare after previous engagements of The Cripple of Inishmaan (2011) and The Walworth Farce (2009). Through its many successes, Druid has maintained a core group of actors, designers, and production crew who work closely on the company’s acclaimed artistic program, including long-form projects such as DruidSynge and DruidShakespeare.

The Waiting for Godot company includes Garret Lombard (Lucky), Aaron Monaghan (Estragon), Rory Nolan (Pozzo), and Marty Rea (Vladamir)—all members of the Druid Ensemble. Joining Garry Hynes on the creative team are Francis O’Connor (Design), James F. Ingalls (Lighting Design), Greg Clarke (Sound Design), and Nick Winston (Movement Director).

Waiting for Godot exemplifies Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s commitment to importing the world's most exciting theatrical events to Chicago and exporting the Theater’s productions to global destinations through WorldStage at Chicago Shakespeare. To date, the program has featured over 1,000 artists from 22 countries spanning five continents—including artists from South Africa, China, India, Belarus, France, Russia, and the UK. Many of the globe’s most iconic troupes have made Chicago their stage, including: The Abbey Theatre from Dublin, Shakespeare’s Globe from London, the Chekhov International Theatre Festival from Moscow, La Comédie Française from Paris, and The Farber Foundry from South Africa.

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Waiting for Godot will be presented in Chicago Shakespeare’s Courtyard Theater for a limited engagement, May 23–June 3, 2018. Single tickets are on sale now for $68–$88 (subject to change). Special discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s Box Office at 312.595.5600 or visit the Theater’s website at

A global theatrical force, Chicago Shakespeare Theater is known for vibrant productions that reflect Shakespeare’s genius for storytelling, musicality of language, and empathy for the human condition. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Barbara Gaines and Executive Director Criss Henderson, Chicago Shakespeare has redefined what a great American Shakespeare theater can be, putting forward a company that delights in the unexpected and defies theatrical category. A Regional Tony Award-winner, the Theater produces acclaimed plays at its home on Navy Pier, throughout Chicago’s schools and neighborhoods, and on stages around the world. In 2017, the Theater unveiled a new stage, The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare. Together with the Jentes Family Courtyard Theater and the Thoma Theater Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare, The Yard positions Chicago Shakespeare as the city’s most versatile performing arts venue.


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