Since January, British actor Ben Whishaw has spent most days on West 48th Street, railing against a group of seemingly possessed young girls: He’s playing John Proctor in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible. The rest of the time, Whishaw (who also stars in this month’s The Lobster) leads a relatively quotidian New York existence: trips to CVS and the local bookshop with his partner, composer Mark Bradshaw. “It’s only fractionally quieter than Hackney, where we live in London,” Whishaw says of the construction that plagues his West Village neighborhood. “They seem to have been digging up the road outside the apartment since we arrived.”
*This article appears in the May 16, 2016 issue of New York Magazine.