Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Billy Crudup, and Shuler Hensley star in one of Harold Pinter’s most entertaining plays. Two elderly writers meet in a London pub. Do they really know each other…or are they performing an elaborate charade?
Cort Theatre Opening Night - November 24 2013 Final Performance - March 30 2014
Ian McKellen (left) and Patrick Stewart in Harold Pinter's No Man's Land.
ABOUT THE SHOW
Two elderly writers, Hirst (Patrick Stewart) and Spooner (Ian McKellen), meet in a London pub, drinking and talking into the night. We wonder if they really know each other…or are they performing an elaborate charade? The ambiguity -- and the comedy -- intensify with the arrival of two other men, Briggs (Shuler Hensley) and Foster (Billy Crudup). Their relationships are exposed, with menace and hilarity. Do all four inhabit a no-man's-land between the present and time remembered, between reality and fantasy? Performed in repertory with Waiting for Godot.
Playwright Pinter, who was also an actor and a director, won numerous awards during his long career, including a Tony Award (Best Play, The Homecoming, 1967) and the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Both McKellen and Stewart have received knighthoods for their services to drama and the performing arts. In addition to No Man’s Land and Waiting for Godot, they have appeared together on stage once before: In 1977 they performed in the premiere of Tom Stoppard’s Every Good Boy Deserves Favour.
No Man’s Land was first staged in London in 1975 and transferred to Broadway the following year. A previous Broadway revival followed in 1994. This production was originally staged at California’s Berkeley Rep in August, 2013.