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Why Not Theatre presents Godot Has Come

December 9th

Mainspace Theatre


Godot Has Come

What would happen if Godot, the mysterious unseen character in Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, actually turned up?

This is a slapstick comedy – much more comic than the original by Beckett. Godot Has Come is Minoru Betsuyaku’s critical look at what it means to actually experience something – and whether, in our modern context, we can surpass indifference to exist in the present moment.

Betsuyaku, who has established the Theatre of the Absurd in Japan, wrote this brilliant play as homage to Beckett. Performed in Japanese with projected English translations.

“I only hope that larger audiences will have the opportunity to see this play and enjoy the richness of its meanings, hidden in every detail of the staging.” – Stories of the Mirror


Produced by Theatre Office Natori

Presented by Why Not Theatre in association with fu-GEN Theatre Company



Written by Minoru Betsuyaku

Directed by K. Kiyama

Starring Yuga Yoshino, Genjiro Mori, Mitsushi Matsumoto, Tsuginobu Honda, Shinji Yamaguchi, Jun Arai, Chikako Hashimoto, Ayaji Miyauchi, Mai Morio, Yuko Fukami

Set Design by Mitsuru Ishi

Lighting Design by Mashumi Sakurai & Yumi Matsumoto

Sound Design by Hiroyuki Ide & Hitomi Kushi

Costume Design by Ai Higuchi

Translated by Mariko Hori

Company info:

Theatre Office Natori is a production company headed by Toshiyuki Natori. The Office produces plays, contemporary dance, film and other performances. In recent years Theatre Office Natori has produced a series of Ibsen’s plays directed by Dr. Mitsuya Mori, Japan’s leading Ibsen scholar and also a stage director. So far the Office has produced An Enemy of the People, A Doll’s House, Ghosts, Rosmersholm, The Lady from the Sea, Hedda Gabler, The Master Builder, Double Nora (based on A Doll’s House), Resurrection Day (based on When We Dead Awaken) and John Gabriel Borkman. These Ibsen productions have been highly acclaimed in Japan as “a new Ibsen”, that is, a clear interpretation and innovative expression of the actuality of Ibsen’s modern plays. An Enemy of the People (1999), The Lady from the Sea (2003) and Hedda Gabler (2004) were all included in the “Three best productions of the month” selection of Teatro, a monthly theatre magazine in Tokyo.


Theatre Office Natori started the Minoru Betsuyaku International Exchange series in 2009. Betsuyaku is one of Japan’s foremost playwrights. The first production, Sick, went on tour to Moscow and Paris in spring 2010. The second production of the series was Reception (2010). The third production, Godot Has Come, was performed in Paris and Berlin in 2012, Dublin, Moscow and Sibiu in 2014, and performs in Canada and the U.S. in 2017.



*A note on ticket prices for Godot Has Come: In order to ensure accessibility, Why Not Theatre and fu-GEN Theatre Company invite you to Pay-What-You-Can-Afford. You can pick any one of four prices—$10, $20, $40, $70—whichever suits your budget. All tickets are general admission, and there are no limits on any price level. Pick the price you can afford to pay for your ticket and book your seat. Prices are inclusive of HST.

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