Maybe Ian McKellen should have brought his lesson about the word “resist” to Middle-earth before he delivered it to Cookie Monster.
McKellen updated his Facebook page with a post remembering Hoffman’s work as Konstantin in The Seagull, a production McKellen attended at New York’s Central Park in 2001. “He was without doubt one of the most accomplished screen actors of our time,” he writes.
More recently, Hoffman saw McKellen perform at the Cort Theatre. Sadly, however, the pair never met. Read McKellen’s tribute below:
The passing of former South African President Nelson Mandela at the age of 95, touched people all over the world and celebrities took to Twitter and other social media networks to honor the late activist. Read on for statements from Bill Clinton, Anderson Cooper, Paul Simon, John Legend, and more. Morgan Freeman, who played Mandela in Invictus, also shared his thoughts in a statement released to the press earlier on Thursday.
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Sir Ian McKellen has never long been out of the public’s eye (thanks, X-Men and The Hobbit!), but it’s been over a decade since we last saw the stage great on Broadway. This year, he’s teaming up with longtime friend Sir Patrick Stewart for a pair of plays in repertory — Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot and Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land — opening at the Cort Theatre on November 24. EW chatted with McKellen about Broadway, Stewart, Gandalf, YouTube, and why this opening night may be his last.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Welcome back to Broadway! How has it changed since you last tread the boards?
IAN MCKELLEN: I first came in 1967 in a play that had been a huge success in London with Judi Dench, and we brought it here and it lasted for 27 performances. Oh dear, oh dear, I never wanted to come back here again. Well, I did come back here again, and eventually I came back with Amadeus, which was the hit show of the 1981 season. And then you feel that you belong to New York and New York belongs to you, and that’s what you always hope for. But I’ve had my ups and my downs. What I particularly like about Broadway is the camaraderie and the friendship of other people in other shows. Everybody knows you’re opening and cares about you. There’s a real village atmosphere. READ FULL STORY
Another week, another one swimming off the Great White Way as the large-scale musical of Big Fish announced it will play its final show on Dec. 29 after 98 regular performances. (But definitely count on it being remembered at Tony time, especially for fearless lead Norbert Leo Butz.) People are showing in droves, however, for two of this week’s new entries: The return of Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays bagged over $1 million with only six performances last week (most shows have eight), and the Globe-inspired Shakespeare play duo at the Belasco is playing close to capacity every show, cementing Mark Rylance’s status as our premier import. Could he win, not one, but two more Tonys this season? He’s got competition aplenty already (including Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen, also performing two shows in rep which open next weekend). But as a character in Twelfth Night says, “I have them at my fingers’ end.” Also this week is a radio play by the late Samuel Beckett (whom McKellen and Stewart are getting to know quite well with Waiting for Godot), and an Oscar-winning family dramedy that finds a new life on the NYC stage (click on the links below for full reviews): READ FULL STORY
After years of the bald pate that has made him utterly recognizable from his days as Jean-Luc Picard through X-Men‘s Professor X, Patrick Stewart is opting for silver-fox elegance alongside fellow Marvel universe-er Ian McKellen for a pair of stage classics.
This shot, exclusively debuting on EW.com, is from Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land, in which Stewart plays Hirst opposite McKellen’s Spooner, as a pair of men in a North West London house sizing each other up over a hot summer night. Performing in repertory with No Man’s Land will be Samuel Beckett’s legendary Waiting for Godot, with Stewart and McKellen taking on Vladimir and Estragon, respectively. Joining them for both productions will be Billy Crudup (Arcadia) and Shuler Hensley (Oklahoma!). Sean Mathias, who just helmed the Emilia Clarke-starring Breakfast at Tiffany’s, will be directing.
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Don’t fret X-Men fans. You will not need to wait until next summer to see Professor X and Magneto together again in X-Men: Days of Future Past. This fall, stage and screen titans Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart are teaming up on Broadway to deliver two classic plays in repertory, Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot and Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land, playing a total of four roles among them which should give the acclaimed thesps a lot to impress with. (Fellow Brit Mark Rylance will be doing the same this upcoming season with his Richard III/Twelfth Night gender-smashing one-two punch). Joining them will be Tony winners Billy Crudup (The Coast of Utopia) and Shuler Hensley (Oklahoma!), and judging from this exclusive video, it appears to be nothing but happy pros at work here.
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Mark Rylance is pretty great. Mark Rylance x 2 is just beyond. But brace yourself, theater fans, as two-time Tony winner (and could it soon be three and four?) Rylance will perform Richard III (in the title role) and show his lighter side in Twelfth Night as Olivia, in full drag no less, on Broadway this fall in two all-male Shakespeare’s Globe productions. (Look out, Billy Porter!)
And don’t fret about cost, according to the official press release: “the producers are pleased to announce that at every performance, 250 seats will be set aside to be sold for $25. These seats will include the balcony, as well as selected seats in the orchestra, mezzanine, boxes and Globe-style on-stage seating, bookable in advance. Over 20,000 $25 tickets will be made available throughout the run.”
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Fanfic writers, your dreams are coming true: Magneto is marrying Professor X.
Okay, not exactly. But the actors who play the iconic X-Men characters do have some wedding plans lined up: Sir Ian McKellen will officiate at the upcoming wedding of Sir Patrick Stewart and his fiancée, 35-year-old jazz singer Sunny Ozell.
When the topic of X-Men: Days of Future Past came up during McKellen’s appearance on U.K. program The Jonathan Ross Show this weekend, the English actor announced, “I’m going to marry Patrick,” provoking some fits of laughter from the audience before he clarified, “How else do you put that? I’m going to officiate at his wedding.” READ FULL STORY