Waiting for Godot

Works inspired by Godot

  • An unauthorised sequel was written by Miodrag Bulatović in 1966: Godo je došao (Godot Arrived). It was translated from the Serbian into German (Godot ist gekommen) and French. The playwright presents Godot as a baker who ends up being condemned to death by the four main characters. Since it turns out he is indestructible, Lucky declares him non-existent. Although Beckett was noted for disallowing productions that took even slight liberties with his plays, he let this pass without incident but not without comment. Ruby Cohn writes: "On the flyleaf of my edition of the Bulatović play, Beckett is quoted: 'I think that all that has nothing to do with me.'"[121]
  • In the late 1990s an unauthorised sequel was written by Daniel Curzon entitled Godot Arrives.
  • A radical transformation was written by Bernard Pautrat, performed at Théâtre National de Strasbourg in 1979–1980: Ils allaient obscurs sous la nuit solitaire (d'après 'En attendant Godot' de Samuel Beckett). The piece was performed in a disused hangar. "This space, marked by diffusion, and therefore quite unlike traditional concentration of dramatic space, was animated, not by four actors and the brief appearance of a fifth one (as in Beckett's play), but by ten actors. Four of them bore the names of Gogo, Didi, Lucky and Pozzo. The others were: the owner of the Citroën, the barman, the bridegroom, the bride, the man with the Ricard [and] the man with the club foot. The dialogue, consisting of extensive quotations from the original, was distributed in segments among the ten actors, not necessarily following the order of the original."[122]
  • Matei Vişniec's play, The Last Godot, in which Samuel Beckett and Godot are characters, ends with the first lines in Waiting for Godot.
  • In November/December 1987, Garry Trudeau ran a week-long spoof in his Doonesbury syndicated comic strip called "Waiting for Mario," in which two characters discussed—and dismissed—each other's hopes that Mario Cuomo would declare as a candidate in the 1988 Democratic Primary for President.[123]
  • In the 1996 film Waiting for Guffman, a character named Guffman never arrives.
  • Turkish playwright Ferhan Şensoy's play Güle Güle Godot (Bye Bye Godot) tells about the people of an unnamed country where there is a big problem of water and there is a misgovernor named Godot. The people of the country are waiting for Godot to leave, because they desire to have a country where they are able to select their own governor.
  • Sesame Street had an episode in March 1996 in their segment "Monsterpiece Theater" entitled "Waiting for Elmo", where Grover and Telly Monster wait endlessly at a dead tree, without Elmo showing up.[124]
  • The main antagonist of the 3rd game of the Phoenix Wright, Ace Attorney video game series, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations, is prosecuting attorney Godot. The allusion is furthered by Det. Luke Atmey's comment in the 2nd case ("The Stolen Turnabout") that "some people spend their entire lives idly waiting for his appearance" when describing the prosecuting attorney.
  • Gujarati playwright Labhshankar Thakar, along with Subhash Shah, wrote a play Ek Undar ane Jadunath based on Godot in 1966.[125]

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