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Did you know Samuel Beckett used to drive André the Giant to school?

Yesterday was the 32th anniversary of the death of Samuel Beckett, writer and pioneering experimental playwright (not to mention style icon)—and we’re celebrating by remembering a charming story from his life. There’s a lot of fun to revisit, like the time Beckett gave a wordless, absurdist “interview” because he was mad that he won the Nobel Prize, or the time a Swedish poet tried to sabotage him, but we’re revisiting a popular piece of Beckett lore: the fact that he regularly drove beloved wrestler and Princess Bride scene-stealer André the Giant to school.
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Book of a Lifetime: Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett

A couple of tramps, an off-stage potentate with a made-up name who never materialises, a strange slave at the end of a rope spouting nonsense (or is it?). A slave master. A little boy. And that’s it. What happens? Well, nothing of course. They wait. They say “let’s go.” They do not move. I first read Waiting For Godot when I was 15.
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Review: Samuel Beckett Shorts at King’s College Chapel

Samuel Beckett: The Last Modernist, or so they say. Known for his “Theatre of the Absurd”, which grew increasingly abstract and minimalist over the course of his life, any good performance of his shorts is bound to test the audience, and test the audience this did. On the 12th November,...
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Gabriel Byrne will play Samuel Beckett in a brand new biopic.

Exciting news: Variety has reported that Film Constellation is selling the rights to an upcoming Samuel Beckett biopic, with Oscar winner James Marsh (Man on Wire; The Theory of Everything) directing, BAFTA winner Neil Forsyth (Guilt; Eric, Ernie & Me) writing the adaptation, and Golden Globe winner Gabriel Byrne (Hereditary; Death of a Ladies’ Man; Louder Than Bombs; The Usual Suspects; Miller’s Crossing) starring as Samuel Beckett.
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Oscar Winner James Marsh to Direct Samuel Beckett Biopic ‘Dance First,’ Starring Gabriel Byrne (EXCLUSIVE)

Production, finance and sales outfit Film Constellation is launching pre-sales on upcoming Samuel Beckett biopic “Dance First,” to be directed by James Marsh and to star Gabriel Byrne. Marsh won an Academy Award for best documentary feature in 2009 with “Man on Wire,” and also directed the Stephen Hawking biopic “The Theory of Everything,” which earned five nominations at the 2015 Oscars, including best picture, and a best actor win for Eddie Redmayne. Marsh will now be directing his gaze on the life of Beckett, the ground-breaking Irish writer. Titled after Beckett’s famous ethos on life “Dance first, think later,” the film...
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John Marsh helms Samuel Beckett biopic starring Gabriel Byrne

Los Angeles, Nov 4 (SocialNews.XYZ) Oscar-winning director James Marsh, who was last in the news for his Stephen Hawking biopic "The Theory of Everything", will now helm "Dance First", which recreates the life and times of Irish playwright, novelist and Nobel laureate Samuel Beckett, who has been immortalised by his 1953 play, 'Waiting for Godot'.
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Marshfield’s Unadilla Theatre: Gilbert and Sullivan mix with Samuel Beckett

Lowly sailor Ralph Rackstraw and the captain’s daughter Josephine first professed their class-crossing love for each other in 1878, with singing seamen and fair maidens skewering the British class system and Royal Navy along their romantic journey. The music, the satire, the brilliant lyrics — London audiences had never before seen anything like W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan’s comic opera “H.M.S. Pinafore.”
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Five Things to Do: Marshall Tucker Band, Samuel Beckett and more ...

The Marshall Tucker Band came together in Spartanburg, South Carolina, in 1972. Now the band has more than 20 studio albums, a score of live releases, and hits such as "Heard It in a Love Song,” “Can’t You See” and “Fire on the Mountain." Also in 1972, The Outlaws formed in Tampa, and hits were soon on the way, including "There Goes Another Love Song." Nearly 50 years later, with lots of stories to tell and songs to play, Southern rock is still going strong as both bands return to Indian Ranch. (RD)
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This summer, I only want to dress like Samuel Beckett.

A lot of people on the internet claim to have forgotten how to dress in the past year, and while I think this is largely obnoxious late-pandemic performance (the Times Style section thanks you for your service), I still feel called to offer some counsel: this summer, you should dress like Samuel Beckett.