By Michael Gioia
10 Apr 2014
|Photo by Joan Marcus|
Filmed on location at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, the documentary features Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen — who recently reprised their performances in Waiting for Godot on Broadway — Simon Callow, Ronald Pickup, Joseph Cross and Anna Friel.
The program features rare, candid behind-the-scenes footage that follows the two productions from rehearsals to opening night and was broadcast on public television in October 2010.
Filmed over six months, "Theatreland," according to press notes, "goes behind the scenes of both productions to reveal what makes a West End theatre tick. Meet the stars, the artistic director, the managers, stagehands, carpenters, and ushers. Explore the Haymarket, one of London’s oldest theatres, with 100-year-old seats and plumbing to match. Audiences realize none of this as the lights dim and the magic begins. From the first read-through to the final curtain call, this is theatre as you've never seen it before."
The 2009 production of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot at Theatre Royal Haymarket ran for 172 sold-out performances and was followed by the first staged adaptation of Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's.
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