Scene from Act I of a production of Waiting for Godot in Uttarakhand, India on December 8, 2011.

Waiting for Godot (French: En attendant Godot) is a two-act play by the Irish playwright Samuel Beckett. Beckett originally wrote the play in French between 1948 and 1949. It was first performed in Paris in 1953. The play was translated into English by Beckett himself and performed in London in 1955.

The two main characters in the play are tramps named Vladimir and Estragon. They are waiting for an unseen character named Godot who never arrives. The two seem to believe that Godot will make their lives better, in an unspecified way.


Godot as the Judeo-Christian God

The interpretation of Godot as referring to a God, specifically a Judeo-Christian God, is widely rubbished by many critics and academics. The play does seem to encourage such a belief by the numerous references to Judeo-Christian theology and mythology. However, this is seen as a tempting red herring. A reason offered for this interpretation is the name of Godot and his purported physical appearance - cf. Godot, and the Boy declaring that Godot has a white beard.

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