If the American actors' union, Actors' Equity Association, approves the transfer, Ben Kingsley might keep Broadway Waiting For Godot until the end of December. The Peter Hall Company revival of the popular Beckett play is currently running at London's Old Vic, in repertory until Dec. 2. A production spokesperson confirmed plans for a fourteen-week Broadway run, but exact dates and a theatre have not yet been confirmed.
More than 40 years ago Hall staged the world premiere English translation of Samuel Beckett's Godot at the London Arts Theatre. He has won directing Tony Awards for The Homecoming and Amadeus and in 1988 after 15 years as Director of the Royal National Theatre, left the position to launch The Peter Hall Company. Recent productions have included Broadway transfers of Orpheus Descending, The Merchant of Venice and An Ideal Husband.
Kingsley is most recognized for his portrayal of Gandhi in the 1982 film, which garnered him a Best Actor Academy Award. His numerous screen credits include Twelfth Night, Death and the Maiden, Schindler's List and Bugsy to name a few. With the Royal Shakespeare Company his roles include Demetrius in Peter Brook's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, in which he made his Broadway debut in 1971, Ariel in The Tempest, Brutus in Julius Caesar and the title roles in Hamlet, Baal and Othello. He also starred in two acclaimed one-man shows, Judgement and Kean. The latter, based on the life of the actor Edmund Kean, had a short run on Broadway in 1983.
Set to star with Kingsley are Denis Quilley, a two time Olivier Award-winner who created the title role in the London production of Sweeney Todd, and Alan Howard, last seen on Broadway in the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of C.P. Taylor's Good in 1983.
--By Laura MacDonald