All Black Cast Wait For Beckett's Mysterious Godot
Casting has been announced for Samuel Beckett’s masterpiece Waiting For Godot which opens at The Old Rep on March 13th. Jeffery Kissoon and Patrick Robinson take the roles of Vladimir and Estragon – two men waiting hopelessly, helplessly, haplessly for the elusive Godot – with Fisayo Akinade, Guy Burgess and Cornell S. John completing the ensemble. Directed by Ian Brown, this co-production by West Yorkshire Playhouse and Talawa Theatre Company is the first Waiting For Godot to be produced in the UK with an all-Black British cast.
Trinidadian stage actor Jeffery Kissoon (Vladimir) works regularly with the RSC and will play Caesar in its all-black cast production of Julius Caesar this summer. He performed opposite Kim Cattrall in Antony And Cleopatra at Liverpool Everyman last year and was an Associate Artist at Birmingham Repertory Theatre during the nineties playing leading roles in Othello, Macbeth and The Tempest.
Direct from War Horse in the West End, Patrick Robinson plays Estragon. An actor whose work spans stage and screen, Patrick has previously performed at The REP, playing the lead Thomas Peters in Simon Schama’s Rough Crossings in 2007. His TV credits include popular and long-running roles in The Bill and Casualty.
Fisayo Akinade is making his professional stage debut as The Boy. Guy Burgess plays Lucky, Guy’s most recent roles include Cat On A Hot Tin Roof (West End) and Coriolanus (RSC). Playing Pozzo is Cornell S. John – an accomplished stage and screen actor whose film credits include Dreams of A Life and The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.
Waiting For Godot 13 to 17 March 2012, Birmingham Rep @ The Old Rep.