Tony winners Billy Crudup and Shuler Hensley will join Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart for the Broadway repetoire mounting of No Man's Land and Waiting for Godot. Directed by Sean Mathias, the production begins performances October 26 at the Cort Theatre with opening night set for November 24.
Crudup earned a Tony for The Coast of Utopia and received an additional nomination for Arcadia. His other Broadway credits include The Pillowman, The Elephant Man and The Tree Sisters. His film resume includes Almost Famous, Watchmen, Stage Beauty, Eat Pray Love and Big Fish. Hensley won a Tony Award for Oklahoma and has also appeared on Broadway in Young Frankenstein, Tarzan and Les Miserables.
In Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land we wonder if two writers, Hirst (Stewart) and Spooner (McKellen) really know each other, or are they performing an elaborate charade? The ambiguity and comedy intensify with the arrival of two other men, Briggs (Hensley) and Foster (Crudup). Do all four inhabit a no-man's-land between the present and time remembered, between reality and fantasy?
Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot follows two consecutive days in the lives of Vladimir (Stewart) and Estragon (McKellen), who divert themselves by clowning around, joking and arguing, while waiting expectantly and unsuccessfully for the mysterious Godot. While they are waiting, two strangers appear: Pozzo (Hensley) and Lucky (Crudup).