PHOTO SPECIAL: Sirs Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen Hit the Town
By Matthew Blank
Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen, currently on Broadway starring in rep productions of Waiting for Godot and No Man's Land, are making the most of their downtime in New York. The two old friends have been sharing their adventures via Twitter, under the hashtag #gogodididonyc.
The repertory productions of Harold Pinter's No Man's Land and Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot began previews Oct. 26 at the Cort Theatre. The engagement kicks off at 8 PM with a performance of Godot; No Man's Land will play its first preview Oct. 31 at 8 PM.
The productions, directed by Sean Mathias, star Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Billy Crudup and Shuler Hensley. Opening night is scheduled for Nov. 24.
The limited engagement was recently extended by four weeks through March 2, 2014.
Both productions feature sets and costumes by Stephen Brimson Lewis, lighting by Peter Kaczorowski, sound by Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen, projections by Zachary Borovay and hair by Tom Watson.
Waiting for Godot played a critically acclaimed, sold-out run in London’s West End in 2009 with McKellen and Stewart. No Man's Land played a recent, pre-Broadway engagement at Berkeley Repertory Theatre.
In Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land, according to press notes, "two elderly writers, having met in a London pub, continue drinking and talking into the night. All might be well, until the return home of two younger men. Their relationships are exposed, with menace and hilarity, in one of Pinter's most entertaining plays."
In Waiting for Godot, "two wanderers wait by a lonely tree, to meet up with Mr. Godot, who they hope will change their lives for the better. Instead, another couple of eccentric travellers arrive, one man on the end of the other's rope. The results are both funny and dangerous."
Billy Crudup won a Tony Award for The Coast of Utopia. Shuler Hensley won a Tony Award for Oklahoma! Ian McKellen made his Broadway debut in Arbuzov’s The Promise in 1967 and won the Tony Award for his performance in Amadeus in 1981. Patrick Stewart first appeared on Broadway in Peter Brook’s production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 1971 and won the Drama Desk Award for A Christmas Carol in 1992. McKellen and Stewart have appeared together on stage once before. In 1977 they performed in the premiere of Tom Stoppard’s Every Good Boy Deserves Favour. Both McKellen and Stewart have received knighthoods for their services to drama and the performing arts.
No Man’s Land and Waiting for Godot are produced on Broadway by Stuart Thompson and NOMANGO Productions. NOMANGO Productions is a consortium of Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Sean Mathias and a group of investors.
Tickets are available by visiting telecharge.com or by calling (212) 239-6200.
The Cort Theatre is located at 138 W. 48th St. For performance schedule and more information, visit TwoPlaysInRep.com.
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