Stage and screen stars Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart are to reunite in Harold Pinter’s masterpiece, No Man’s Land at the Wyndham’s Theatre.
McKellen and Stewart performed this production of No Man’s Land in repertory with Waiting for Godot in 2013 at the Cort Theatre, New York. The production of Waiting for Godot transferred to London where it celebrated a sell-out run at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.
No Man’s Land is about a wealthy writer called Hirst who invites a dishevelled poet, Spooner, to his Hampstead mansion. There, they explore the past — but time and memory play tricks on them. Stewart will play Hirst with McKellen as Spooner.
Stewart 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.”
McKellen 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.”
No Man’s Land was first performed at the iconic Wyndham’s Theatre in 1975 with Ralph Richardson and John Gielgud, following its premiere at the National Theatre.
Prior to opening in the West End, No Man’s Land will embark on a UK tour, opening in Sheffield from 3 August, followed by dates in Newcastle, Brighton and Cardiff.
No Man’s Land will run from 8 September 2016 until 17 December 2016 at the Wyndham’s Theatre.