No Man’s Land UK Tour and West End Run Announced
Stuart Thompson Productions, Flying Freehold Productions and Playful Productions are delighted to announce that Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart are to reunite on stage this year in Harold Pinter’s masterpiece No Man’s Land, which will embark on a UK tour, opening in Sheffield on 3 August 2016, followed by dates in Newcastle, Brighton and Cardiff. The production will then play a limited 14 week engagement at the Wyndham’s Theatre, opening on 20 September 2016, with previews from 8 September.
No Man’s Land was first performed at the iconic Wyndham’s Theatre in 1975 starring Ralph Richardson and John Gielgud, following its premiere at the National Theatre.
Directed by Sean Mathias, this production of No Man’s Land received highly acclaimed reviews at the Cort Theatre in New York whilst in repertory alongside Waiting for Godot, also starring stage and screen friends, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart and directed by Sean Mathias. The production of Waiting for Godot had transferred from London where it celebrated a sell-out run at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, the last time these masters of British theatre shared a West End stage.
One summer’s evening, two ageing writers, Hirst and Spooner, meet in a Hampstead pub and continue their drinking into the night at Hirst’s stately house nearby. As the pair become increasingly inebriated, and their stories increasingly unbelievable, the lively conversation soon turns into a revealing power game, further complicated by the return home of two sinister younger men.
Patrick Stewart (Hirst) said, “I saw the original production of No Man’s Land three times in one week at Wyndham’s Theatre and would have seen it more if I could have afforded the tickets. I made a promise to myself that one day I would play Spooner or Hirst but to be doing it back at Wyndham’s with Ian McKellen was a fantasy I never entertained.”
Ian McKellen (Spooner) said, “Playing Spooner to Patrick’s Hirst on Broadway was a constant joy, which is why I am delighted to be back with him in the West End.”
Further casting has yet to be announced for No Man’s Land which will have set and costume design by Stephen Brimson Lewis and lighting design by Peter Kaczorowski.
No Man’s Land is produced by Stuart Thompson and Playful Productions.