Sir Ian McKellan: currently in Berkeley. Photo: Sarah Dunn

Berkeley is hardly celebrity-ville, so a little star-gazing of the Hollywood variety can be forgiven once in a while.

This week, a cluster of well-known actors is in town thanks to the Berkeley Rep which is bringing us Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land directed by Sean Mathias during the month of August.

Turns out two of the stars who will be gracing our local stage — Sirs Ian McKellan and Patrick Stewart — are tweeters. And they appear to be quite excited about being in Berkeley.

Earlier today, Stewart (@SirPatStew — 510,145 followers) gave our city some love — big-time: “How very pleasant Berkeley is, climate, architecture, landscape, FOOD. We should all be so lucky to live here,” he tweeted.

The Star Trek: Next Generation star is also tweeting photos, including of the Rep’s rehearsal space, and a photo of Sir Ian kneeling on the sidewalk in downtown Berkeley next to the paving stone that marks the spot where Janis Joplin was arrested in 1963.

Sir Patrick Stewart: loving Berkeley. Photo: Robert Ascroft

McKellan (@IanMcKellan, self-described “actor and activist”) has been enthusiastically retweeting Stewart and helping to promote the show, encouraging people to follow @TwoPlaysInRep on Twitter and pointing his 448,805 followers to a video of Mathias discussing No Man’s Land.

No Man’s Land also stars Shuler Hensley who is, shall we say, a sporadic user of Twitter (@shuhen, 105 followers, and only 19 tweets since he opened the account in December 2009) was also clearly looking forward to his East Bay sojourn. “Off to the ‘Left Coast’ and Berkeley Rep.!! It will b nice to get on stage!” he tweeted on July 14.

Crudup, while closer to the tech generation in age than his two knighted co-stars, doesn’t appear to be a tweeter. More’s the pity.

No Man’s Land runs Aug. 3-31 at Berkeley Rep. Visit Berkeley Rep online for for details.

Ian McKellan, Patrick Stewart coming to Berkeley Rep (04.23.13)

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Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...