Beckett Star at BIG LIT

One of the many highlights will be the return of actor, broadcaster Peter Marinker with Returning to Godot in which he’ll talk about the foundation of The Godot Company, in 2004 with John Calder, Samuel Beckett’s publisher and creating the character of Vladimir in a recent acclaimed London production.  Waiting for Godot is considered one of the most significant plays of the 20th century. Peter will also perform some of the key speeches and passages from the play.

Peter is no stranger to BIG LIT, having established himself as a firm favourite over the last couple of years, celebrating the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s death last year in intriguing fashion with readings from Shakespeare’s early sonnets to the beautiful cross-dressing womaniser, The Earl of Southampton!


Over a long and illustrious career Peter has starred in many new plays on London's fringe and played leading roles with The Old Vic Company and the Royal Shakespeare Company and in London’s West End.  His performance as Vladimir in Waiting for Godot in a recent London production was described as ‘Beckett as Beckett intended’. Film appearances include United 93, Love Actually, Event Horizon, Judge Dredd and .

‘We are absolutely  delighted to have  Peter  with us again’ says Chrys Salt MBE, Artistic Director of the Festival, ‘his fans will be pleased to know he will also feature in BIG LIT’S  Tribute to the late, great Leonard Cohen, and as the mercurial Don Quixote in Telemann’s light hearted Don Quixote Suite, performed by The Sulwath Strings’.