The t-shirts were signed during a trip to Coney Island last year, and celebrate the actors’ roles in their Broadway production of Waiting For Godot.
“New York City is a special place, and for an actor like Ian McKellen and myself, it’s all the more magical as the hometown of Broadway,” writes Sir Patrick. "It’s been a thrill to be a part of the Broadway community again, and Ian and I have loved every minute of our production of two plays in repertory—No Man’s Land by Harold Pinter, and Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett. Both are masterworks of twentieth-century theater, but Beckett’s piece is certainly the more well known of the two. When we dreamed up our little twitter scheme of snapping “tourist” pics of the two of us, gadding about town, it seemed a good idea to wear the bowler hats of Gogo and Didi, the characters we play in Waiting for Godot.
“The quality of these garments is what you might expect from a Coney Island vendor, but I assure you they are a souvenir of what was a truly memorable day that Ian and I shared. We’ve decided to auction them, in honor of Gogo and Didi, to benefit the remarkable New York City-based charity City Harvest, an organization dedicated to feeding the most needy New Yorkers. In Waiting for Godot, Gogo and Didi are two old tramps, needy indeed. They don’t know where they’ll sleep that night, they don’t know where their next meal will come from, and they hoard their meager resources, sharing whatever they do have. In short, they’re hungry. It seemed a natural fit—Gogo and Didi and City Harvest. City Harvest helps to feed nearly two million New Yorkers facing hunger each year. So bid early, bid often, bid high, and know that you’ll be funding a vital and important organization.”
The auction runs until April 3, and can be accessed here.