I had no idea these two were actually friends. This just made the X-Men movies that much more awesome.
Starting November 14, the two Order of the British Empire members will star in a 14-week run of two plays in repertory - Harold Pinter's No Man's Land and Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot.
Both these plays are classics - but are also frequently seen as explorations of "no man's land" - lands where time has different meanings than in our own world. From Sir Ian McKellen's website:
In Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land we wonder if two writers, Hirst (Patrick Stewart) and Spooner (Ian McKellen) really know each other, or are they performing an elaborate charade? The ambiguity - and the comedy - intensify with the arrival of two other men. Do all four inhabit a no-man's-land between the present and time remembered, between reality and fantasy?
As for Waiting for Godot:
Director Sean Mathias added “In Waiting for Godot, two men exist in a universe that is both real and imagined – a place where time does not always advance towards a future. And as the two men wait, two outsiders enter to disrupt that universe. In No Man’s Land, two men inhabit a land that is neither here nor there - a land where time and memory play unreliable tricks. And as these two men converse, two other men who are both familiar and unfamiliar enter this same land with unnerving effect.
Stewart and McKellen have appeared in Waiting for Godot before, in London in 2009, to great reviews. Meanwhile, as the two tour NYC to promote their upcoming tour, it just looks like they're having a great time.
Tickets are now available through telecharge.com