Existential Men Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart

The veteran stage actors and friends double up on Broadway

The Tiny conference room with the plastic chairs hardly seems worthy of the two sirs who walk in the door: Sir Patrick Stewart, almost dashing in a black leather jacket over a plaid flannel shirt, and Sir Ian McKellen, looking more like a rumpled English professor with his orange sweater, flowing gray locks and stubble of beard. Trailing them, it seems, is virtually the entire canon of Western dramatic literature: the great Shakespearean roles--Lear and Macbeth, the Richards and Henrys--and the classics of Ibsen and Chekhov. They crossed paths at the Royal Shakespeare Company in the 1970s and first acted together...

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