Fall 2013 Broadway Guide
by Whitney Spaner, 08/28/2013
No Man's Land/Waiting for Godot
Three knights will hold court this fall on Broadway—in two plays that explore the frayed seams of our everyday lives. Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart will star in Sir Harold Pinter's abstract comedy No Man's Land, which the duo will perform in repertory with Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot. Tony-winning actors Billy Crudup and Shuler Hensley join the theater legends in both productions. In Beckett's avant-garde, vaudevillian masterpiece, Stewart and McKellen will be reviving their roles as Vladimir and Estragon, respectively, whom they played in a hit revival in London's West End in 2009. Pinter's acclaimed No Man's Land presents a scenario involving two men who may or may not know each other—one a successful poet and the other not—as they discuss relationships and their memories of the past; the dynamic of power between them remains a forceful presence throughout the drama. Stewart will take on the role of the hoity-toity alcoholic writer Hirst, and McKellen will play the scheming Spooner who accompanies him home from the pub. With accomplished thespians working with juicy material, these productions are catnip for theater lovers.
Cort Theatre, 138 W. 48th St. Previews start October 26; opens November 24.