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A backstage look at the 2009 production of ''Waiting for Godot'' at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London's West End.
Premiered: August 1, 2010
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With less than two weeks until the world premiere of Breakfast at Tiffany's, the cast and crew work around the clock. Final adjustments are made to the set and lighting, and the stars move into their dressing rooms. The last remaining actor arrives - Jasper the cat - and learns his part perfectly. It's the final dress rehearsal, then the night of the first preview. Will it be another success?
It's the final night of Waiting for Godot. Fans line up in the predawn hours, hoping for tickets. Following four months of full houses and a dark, demanding play, everyone is emotional. Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart speak openly about what the experience has meant to them. After a post-performance gathering for cake and champagne, the Haymarket closes for a month.
The Haymarket is said to be haunted by the ghost of a former theatre manager, and staff spend a night in the darkened house hoping for a sighting. Meanwhile, Patrick Stewart is shaken by a ghostly surprise on stage. Sean Mathias splits his time between Godot and Breakfast at Tiffany's, and Tony and James check on a water tank hidden in the ceiling while the play goes on below.
At the Theatre Royal Haymarket, Waiting for Godot opens in just three days, and already it has the highest presales in West End history. Artistic director Sean Mathias is eager for his first play at the Haymarket to be a smashing success. Backstage, carpenters Tony and James pull down a damaged dressing-room ceiling.
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- Premiered: August 1, 2010
- Rating: TV-PG
- Premise: A backstage look at the 2009 production of ''Waiting for Godot'' at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London's West End. (more)
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