Rehearsals started this week for the UK tour and West End run of Harold Pinter’sNo Man’s Land which reunites friends Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart and also stars Ripper Street actor Damien Molony and Owen Teale.
Directed by Sean Mathias, the production received critical acclaim in New York while in rep alongside Waiting for Godot, also starring stage and screen chums, McKellen and Stewart, and directed by Mathias.
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.
Sean Mathias said: “Directing No Man’s Land in America proved to be one of the greatest joys in my career. Always challenging but bringing immense rewards too. Like a prospector mining for diamond nuggets.
“I look forward to working on this new production with Ian, Patrick, Owen and Damian and discovering all kinds of unexpected jewels together.”
Damien Molony, the last to be cast, will play the role of Foster with Ian McKellen as Spooner, Patrick Stewart as Hirst and Owen Teale as Briggs.
Most recently seen as Anthony in Channel 4’s Crashing, Damien Molony’s other television roles include Hal in BBC’s Being Human, DC Albert Flight in BBC’s Ripper Street, DS Jack Weston in Channel 5’s Suspects and Robert Putnam in HBO’s The Devil You Know.
Notable theatre credits include The Hard Problem and Travelling Light for the National Theatre, If You Don’t Let Us Dream, We Won’t Let You Sleep for the Royal Court Theatre, ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore for West Yorkshire Playhouse and The Body of an American for The Gate and Royal & Derngate.
No Man’s Land will embark on a UK tour, opening in Sheffield in August (full dates below), and will then head into London’s West End where it will play a 14-week engagement at the Wyndham’s Theatre – the venue where No Man’s Land was first performed, in 1975, with Ralph Richardson and John Gielgud.
2016 UK Tour
August 3-13, Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield August 15-20, Theatre Royal, Newcastle August 22-27, Theatre Royal, Brighton August 29-September 3, New Theatre, Cardiff September 8-December 17, Wyndham’s Theatre, London