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Like most of his work, Samuel Beckett originally composed Waiting for Godot in French. After studying the language as a student at Trinity College, Dublin, Beckett moved to Paris in 1928 at the age of 22, where he lived for much of his life. En attendant Godot premiered at Paris's tiny Théâtre de Babylone on 5 January 1953. Directed by Roger Blin, who also played Pozzo, the production starred Lucien Raimbourg as Vladimir, Pierre Latour as Estragon and Jean Martin as Lucky.
Beckett's English language version of the play, which he translated himself, premiered at the Arts Theatre in London in 1955, directed by Peter Hall.