Normally when Professor X and Magneto meet in New York City, it is to do battle. But this time, it’s to share the stage — again. Beginning yesterday, Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen (who also happen to be Captain Jean-Luc Picard and Gandalf the Grey/White) entered into rehearsals for their Broadway stage shows “Waiting for Godot” and “No Man’s Land.”
Also starring Billy Crudup and Shuler Hensley, and directed by Sean Mathias, Stewart and McKellen are set for a limited engagement 14-week run on the shows, which open for previews on Oct. 26 and officially open Nov. 24 at the Cort Theatre in New York City.
Aside from appearing in the “X-Men” films, including next summer’s “Days of Future Past” (as well being known for their roles as Captain Jean-Luc Picard and Gandalf The Grey/White), this is not the first time Stewart and McKellen have performed together. The pair have previously appeared on stage together in 2009’s West End production of “Waiting For Godot” and in the 1977 premiere of Tom Stoppard’s “Every Good Boy Deserves Favour.” Oh, and McKellen also just officiated at Stewart’s wedding to singer Sunny Ozell this week.
For those not familiar with the two modern theater productions, “No Man’s Land” by Harold Pinter is about two aging writers who meet in a London pub and chat away the night until two younger men enter the proceedings and change the dynamic. Meanwhile “Waiting For Godot” by Samuel Beckett (don’t confuse him with the quantum leaper) focuses on two wanderers who wait by a tree to meet up with Mr. Godot, a man meant to alter the course of their lives. The shows are produced on Broadway by Stuart Thompson and NOMANGO Productions (a consortium of Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Sean Mathias and a group of investors) and Jon B. Platt.
Check out the commercial for the productions below and gather together your closest theater, comics, sci-fi and fantasy geek friends because tickets are on sale now through Telecharge, and can be purchased in person at the Cort Theatre beginning Sept. 30.