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Greats back together on stage and screen; Knights of Broadway and X-Men rivals.

Byline: NEIL ATKINSON Head of News neil.atkinson@examiner.co.uk

ACTING knights Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen are set to resume their rivalries.

The Mirfield-born star and his colleague are to lock horns once more next year in the latest X-Men blockbuster.

Stewart will reprise his role as Prof Charles Xavier while Sir Ian will again take on the role of Magneto in X-Men: Days of Future Past, which is set to be one of the summer blockbusters in 2014.

But first, the two greats will be working together on Broadwad yia ntwonew productions.

McKellen and Stewart are to revive their roles in Beckett's Waiting for Godot.

Sean Mathias will direct the pair in that revival of the acclaimed West End production, and also in a new version of Harold Pinter's No Man's Land.

McKellen playe a d Estragon and Stewart Vladimir in Waiting for Godot at the Theatre Royal in London's West End four years ago.

The new production of No Man''s Land will begin with an out-of-town tryout over the summer.

Pinter's play ha as a track record for f attracting theatrical knights. Its 1975 premiere starred John Gielgud and Ralph Richardson, while John Wood and Michael Gambon havea starred in recent revivals.

McKellen will play Spooner, tr he dishevelled writer who stops off in f Hampstead to visit the unnervingly reticent Hirst, to be playe a d by Stewart.

In Waiting for Godot, which won critical acclaim in its 2009 London production, the pair will return to their original roles.

Further details, including casting, venues and performance dates, have a not yet been announced.

In addition to their Hollywood credentials, both actors have a strong track records on Broadway.

| CO-STAR: Hugh Jackman Stewart admits it's a thrill working with McKellen.

"For me there's no question," he said.

"Ian was a star actor while I was still working in regional theatre.

"To be absolutely frank, I was in awe of him and his work before I knew him."

Filming for the new X-Men film is taking place in Canada and the film stars Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman and James McAvoA y.

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Date:Aug 2, 2013
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