Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart are Broadway-bound
Posted January 24, 2013
Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart may be best known to some younger fans for their roles in various screen adventures, including the X-Men series, which featured both actors. But they're now teaming up in a medium both have known longer, and returned to continuously: theater.
McKellen and Stewart will star on Broadway this fall in a limited-season repertoire of two 20th-century classics: Harold Pinter's No Man's Land and Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot. Their Godot was staged in London in 2009, while the Pinter production will play an out-of-town engagement this summer.
"British actors are used to playing in repertory," McKellen noted in a statement. "We enjoy the challenge of variety, and audiences, myself included, enjoy watching a group of actors in contrasting roles. We hope, at least once a week, to give Broadway audiences the chance of seeing Beckett and Pinter on adjacent nights, perhaps even on the same day."
Stewart added, "All my acting life, I have been drawn to the principles and practice of a 'company,' and working with familiar, trusted friends and colleagues...It's not that strangeness/newness isn't exciting -- it is -- but when there is a common language and experience, then the unpredictable can happen."
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