I looked it up, I was right! The article said they thought about each of them alternating roles, but decided not to. When I first did my casting, I thought McKellan could do either role, but Stewart (who is also amazing) wouldn't have quite as much capacity for all that despair poor Estragon goes through.
Yeah, McKellan played it as if he had a little bit of very early dementia, and it was really heartbreaking in some ways.
I'm not sure I like the idea of alternating roles. Seems like a bit of a gimmick to get people to buy two tickets: surely one actor is always going to be suited to one part? I'm going to see Frankenstein tonight where they alternate roles, and I'm never going to be sure if we got the right one.
Oh, what great art work for "Frankenstein." Thanks for the link, new Frankenstein play, woo hoo!
I'd usually agree with you, TheophileEscargot, but in the case of "Frankenstein" - or dramataziations of "Frankenstein" anyway, I'm not up on the scholarship - much is made about the doctor and the creature sharing an identity - I'm sure they did a whole bunch of preparation to alternate the roles and had plenty to explore together.
Well, doesn't bother me that much. I think the girl I'm going with likes Benedict ("Sherlock Holmes") Cumberbatch though, and was a bit disappointed to realise he'd be in hideous monster-makeup the whole time...