About Waiting for Godot
Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, the villainous Magneto and his nemesis Professor Xavier of the popular X-Men films, reunite onstage in Waiting for Godot.
Samuel Beckett’s classic absurdist “tragicomedy in two acts” concerns Vladimir and Estragon, a pair of tramps lost in a wasteland of existential angst as they wait for a mysterious employer who never appears. They argue, trade carrots, encounter the pompous traveler Pozzo and his animal-like servant Lucky, and pass the time attempting to find meaning in their seemingly meaningless existence. Godot is considered one of the most important English-language plays of the 20th century.
The powerhouse production will play in repertory with Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land, also starring McKellen and Stewart. Both productions will be directed by Sean Mathias (Indiscretions, The Dance of Death, Breakfast at Tiffany’s).
Long regarded as two of the leading lights of the stage and screen, McKellen and Stewart have previously paired up onstage on the other side of the Atlantic. They appeared in England in the premiere of Tom Stoppard’s Every Good Boy Deserves Favor in 1977 and performed a West End revival of Godot in 2009.
McKellen won a Tony Award for Amadeus and played the wizard Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit. Stewart has appeared on Broadway in his solo version of A Christmas Carol, A Life in the Theater, The Tempest, and Macbeth. He is best known for his role as Capt. Jean-Luc Picard on Star Trek: The Next Generation.
The New York Times said of the London production, “As here embodied by two accomplished men of the British theater, who have found international renown together in the X-Men films, Beckett’s hobos come across as two vaudevillians sharing one last, infinitely human gasp. I can’t imagine audiences wanting to miss out on the experience.”
Did you know?
Waiting for Godot premiered in Paris in 1953. It opened on Broadway in 1956 and starred Bert Lehr and E.G. Marshall.
Recent NYC revivals of Godot have starred Robin Williams and Steve Martin; Tony Shalhoub and John Turturro; and Nathan Lane and Bill Irwin.
Fans of McKellen and Stewart for their popular movie and TV work will flock to this riveting and heartbreaking tragicomedy, as will aficionados of serious theater.
Good for kids?
Beckett’s existentialist drama is not appropriate for young kids. Mature teenagers should be able to grasp its themes.
Cort Theater Location Information:
138 W 48th St.
New York, NY 10036
N,R,W to 49th St.