The most famous theatrical double act of modern times, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, return to the West End in Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land this August.
Directed by Sean Mathias, No Man’s Land will have a brief regional tour before moving into its spiritual birthplace, London’s Wyndham’s Theatre, on September 8.
The play was first performed at the iconic Wyndham’s in 1975 with Ralph Richardson and John Gielgud, following its premiere at the National Theatre.
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, who will be playing Spooner, added: “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.”
Multi award-winning Ian McKellen has had a 55-year-long career on stage and on screen. For the Royal Shakespeare Company he has played Romeo, Macbeth, Iago and King Lear and at the National Theatre, in productions of Coriolanus, Richard III, Uncle Vanya and The Seagull.
He gained his first Oscar nomination for Gods and Monsters and his second for Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. He is Magneto to Patrick Stewart’s Xavier in the X-Men movies, Richard IIIand most recently Mr Holmes.
Multi award-winning Patrick Stewart has numerous notable stage credits to his name including Anthony and Cleopatra, The Tempest, Macbeth, The Merchant of Venice, The Master Builder and his acclaimed solo adaptation of A Christmas Carol.
Stewart is known world-wide as Captain Jean Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation and Professor X in the X-Men franchise.
His additional film and TV credits include the 2009 TV movie adaptation of Hamlet alongside David Tennant, Ahab in Moby Dick, Ricky Gervais’ Extras, the new US comedy series, soon to be seen on UK TV, Blunt Talk, the soon to be released thriller Green Room as well as Wilde Wedding with Glenn Close and John Malkovich.
No Man’s Land Tour Dates
Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield, August 3-13 Theatre Royal, Newcastle, August 15-20 Theatre Royal, Brighton, August 22-27 New Theatre, Cardiff, August 29-September 3 Wyndham’s Theatre, London, September 8-December 17.