All the Star Wars Actors Onstage
May the force be with you…the force of theater that is. Whether you’ve watched all three trilogies countless times or you’ve never even seen one War (there’s time to catch up now), chances are, you’ve probably caught a “Star Wars” actor onstage.
In honor of Star Wars Day (May the Fourth…get it?), we’re looking at all the jedis, rebels, and droids from Tatooine (and other planets) who have made their marks on stages around this one.
The one and only Princess Leia was an absolute stage queen. For one, she wrote and starred in her autobiographical one-woman play “Wishful Drinking” on Broadway in 2009. She also starred as the title role in “Agnes of God” in 1983, with two earlier Broadway credits to her name.
The OG Luke Skywalker has five Broadway credits to his name, from playing the title role in “The Elephant Man” in 1981 to following that up with Mozart in “Amadeus.” He was last on Broadway in 2003 with “Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks,” and we think he should use the force and make a return ASAP.
Before he was Kylo Ren (and since he landed the career-altering part), Adam Driver has been a frequenter of the Broadway and Off-Broadway stage. We even dedicated a whole article to his stage resume. He most recently received a Tony nomination for “Burn This” on Broadway.
We’re as bummed as you that the New York Theatre Workshop production of “Three Sisters,” starring Oscar Isaac, Greta Gerwig, and a lot of other fancy people, has been postponed, but Isaac has been a regular treading the Off-Broadway boards for years. Before he joined the resistance as Poe Dameron, Isaac was a regular in classic works, like playing Romeo and Hamlet. He’ll be back onstage (virtually) with a benefit reading of “Beirut” with Marisa Tomei on Tuesday, April 28 at 7:30PM. Find out more here.
McGregor starred as young Obi Wan Kenobi, the jedi master, in first Star Wars trilogy, but he has been using the force onstage in London and New York for years. He played Sky Masterson in “Guys and Dolls” in the West End for two years, and followed that performance up with Iago in “Othello” at the Donmar Warehouse. He made his Broadway debut in “The Real Thing” in 2014. We can’t wait to see him back onstage again.
Since he started playing ex-stormtrooper turned rebel fighter Finn, Boyega has made one theatrical venture with playing the title role in “Woyzeck” at the Old Vic in 2017, but we hope there are more stage pursuits in his future.
Young Anakin Skywalker had a troubled youth, and Hayden Christensen, who played the man who would become Darth Vader, also portrayed the lives of conflicted young people in “This is Our Youth” in London alongside Anna Paquin and Jake Gyllenhaal in 2002.
We’d really love to see some more theater credits for Natalie Portman, but before she was Queen Amadala, she made her Broadway debut in “The Diary of Anne Frank” in 1997.
She might have had a small role in the first trilogy as Queen Amidala’s hand maiden, but she went on to bigger things after, including making her Broadway debut in “Thérèse Raquin” in 2015.
The “Game of Thrones” star frequents the London stage before and since she’s played the First Order stormtrooper Captain Phasma in the most recent “Star Wars” trilogy, she last starred as Titania and Hippolyta in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the Bridge Theatre in 2019.
Neeson played Obi Wan Kenobi’s teacher in the first “Star Wars” trilogy, but he’s also made several high-profile appearances in shows in the West End and on Broadway. He has five Broadway credits to his name, including a production of “The Crucible” in 2002, and he also played Oscar Wilde in “The Judas Kiss” at the Hamstead Theatre in 2012.
Samuel L. Jackson
Jackson is known for much more than playing Jedi master Mace Windu in the “Star Wars” prequels and theater, but we were surprised to learn that he has a vast stage resume before he hit it big in Hollywood. He starred in the original 1980 Off-Broadway production of “A Soldier’s Play,” which came to Broadway for the first time this season, and he also made his Broadway debut as Martin Luther King, Jr. in “The Mountaintop” in 2011.
James Earl Jones
We’ll never forget that iconic voice saying (spoiler alert) “Luke, I am your father,” and Jones has also put his acting chops to the test on stage as well, with 20 Broadway credits to his name. He made his Broadway debut in 1958 and was most recently seen on the Great White Way opposite Cicely Tyson in “The Gin Game” in 2015.
The late great Sir Alec Guiness was the quintessential thespian. Even though most of the world knows him as the original Obi Wan Kenobi, Guiness spent years onstage in the West and on Broadway. He won a Tony Award for playing Dylan Thomas in “Dylan,” and he played roles like Hamlet, Macbeth, and so many more in London.
Billy Dee Williams
Williams made history when he became the first black actor to take on a major role in the “Star Wars” franchise, starring as smuggler-turned-hero Lando Calrissian in the original trilogy and most recently in “The Rise of Skywalker.” He’s also had several outings on Broadway, making his debut in 1945.
Although she’s almost unrecognizable as the ancient humanoid Maz Kanata in the most recent “Star Wars” trilogy, Nyong’o used her star power to help bring the important story of African women during the Second Liberian Civil War “Eclipsed” to Broadway in 2016.
Byrne played one of Queen Amidala’s handmaiden’s alongside Keira Nightley in the prequel trilogy, and she has gone on to great theatrical (and Hollywood) success ever since. She recently concluded a run playing the title role in “Medea” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (opposite her husband Bobby Cannavale), and she made her Broadway debut in “You Can’t Take It With You” in 2014 (with original Darth Vader James Earl Jones!)
Blink and you’ll miss Dominic West as a palace guard in “The Phantom Menace,” but the star of “The Affair” and “The Wire” has been a theater mainstay in London, with shows like “Les Liasons Dangereuses” at the Donmar Warehouse with Janet McTeer, “The River” at The Royal Court, “Othello” at The Crucible Theatre, and “My Fair Lady” at The Crucible Theatre in Sheffield
While Russell was masked for most of her time as mercenary Zorii Bliss in “The Rise of Skywalker,” she made her Broadway debut (alongside Kylo Ren Adam Driver) in “Burn This” last year.
Smits played Senator Bail Organa of the Rebel Alliance in “Attack of the Clones” and “Revenge of the Sith,” and he’s also made a few outings on Broadway, starring in “God of Carnage” in 2009 and “Anna in the Tropics” in 2003.
The “Killing Eve” star and Emmy winner plays Rey’s mother in “The Rise of Skywalker,” and she also appeared on the London stage in “The Price of Everything” in 2010.