Though he was a painter to reckon with, Peter Snow’s main activity,
reputation and indeed love were all sited in the theatre. His
reputation as a stage designer was made overnight in 1955 when he
designed Waiting for Godot, Peter Hall’s epoch-making production at
the Arts Theatre in London. In tune with Samuel Beckett’s severely
stripped-down text and Hall’s skeletal production, which created a
sensation and first introduced British audiences to the Theatre of the
Absurd, Snow’s setting was reduced to bare essentials, creating a
bleak but arguably realistic environment for the inconclusive story of
two tramps waiting for someone or something that never comes.
Peter Snow, designer, painter and teacher, was born on June 6, 1927.
He died on August 29, 2008, aged 81