Keanu Reeves to make Broadway debut with ‘Waiting For Godot’ revival
Various theatre insiders let it slip to Page Six that they have “heard that the actor will appear in the play”
Hollywood star Keanu Reeves is reported to make his first major theatre performance in a Broadway revival of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot. The John Wick actor, once portrayed Prince Hamlet in a 1995 Manitoba Theatre Centre production of Hamlet in Winnipeg, Manitoba, but is now said to be ready to take on his first play role in decades, stated reports.
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Various theatre insiders let it slip to Page Six that they have “heard that the actor will appear in the play,” but added there is “no word on who is producing or directing the piece.” Keanu appeared in the 1993 Shakespeare movie Much Ado About Nothing alongside Oscar-winning Hamlet director Sir Kenneth Branagh, as well as Dame Emma Thompson, Denzel Washington, and Kate Beckinsale.
According to sources, Keanu is also a theatre fan and was seen last year in the audience of American Buffalo which starred his The Matrix' co-star Laurence Fishburne. Keanu has said that he would ‘love’ to star in a musical, but has been stopped from doing it as he ‘can't sing.’
He told in a Reddit 'Ask me Anything' session: “I would love to be in a musical. But I can't sing so I'm not sure anybody else would want me in a musical but I sure would try. I mean I could sing, but not really well. I can always dream.”
Previous runs of Beckett's bleak existential play Waiting for Godot have featured a huge range of A-listers playing its two characters Vladimir and Estragon - who pointlessly wait for Godot who never shows up - including Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, John Turturro, Ethan Hawke, John Leguizamo, Steve Martin, and Robin Williams.