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Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart to Star in Two Broadway Plays

January 25, 2013  |  4:00pm
Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart to Star in Two Broadway Plays

Magneto and Professor X face off on Broadway! Well, kind of.

According to Playbill, Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart are set to star in a pair of Broadway plays for a limited time starting in Fall 2013.

The X-Men actors will star in the lead roles of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot and Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land. These revival versions of the classic plays will be performed in repertory and both will be directed by Stuart Mathias.

“British actors are used to playing in repertory, whether for the National Theatre or the
Royal Shakespeare Company. We enjoy the challenge of variety, and audiences, myself included, enjoy watching a group of actors in contrasting roles,” McKellan said in a press release. “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.”

McKellen and Stewart will return to Waiting for Godot after a successful 2009 run in London’s West End, which was also directed by Mathias. The plot of Waiting for Godot is explained as “two consecutive days in the lives of Vladimir (Stewart) and Estragon (McKellen), who divert themselves by clowning around, joking and arguing, while waiting expectantly and unsuccessfully for the mysterious Godot.”

No Man’s Land is about two writers, Hirst (Stewart) and Spooner (McKellen), and the mystery of if the duo actually knows each other. No Man’s Land will have out-of-town performances before opening on Broadway.

Exact dates, Broadway theater and additional cast have not yet been announced.

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