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