Now’s your chance to take a few acting lessons from some of the greats of our time. The X-Men stars Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart have confirmed that they’ll be taking Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land off on a UK tour this summer, stopping off at Sheffield, Newcastle, Brighton and Cardiff before setting up shop at Wyndham’s theatre in London in September.
No Man’s Land is an absurdist play written in 1974, debuting at the Old Vic Theatre in London before transferring to Wyndham’s. It tells the tale of two writers (Hirst, a successful poet, and Spooner, a failed one) who meet at a pub on Hampstead Heath and go back to Hirst’s impressive home. Despite his successes, Hirst has not been published for quite some time and finds himself trapped in no man’s land. Ultimately, the play is about the inevitability of old age and the emptiness that this stage of life can bring.
According to the Guardian, over 100 tickets to see McKellen and Stewart in the play will be available for between £10 and £20, which certainly strikes us as something of a bargain not to be missed.
Apparently, Patrick Stewart saw the original production of the play at Wyndham’s back in 1975 (starring John Gielgud and Ralph Richardson) and he liked it so much he went to see it twice more in the same week, saying: “[I] 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.”
Will you be going to see it? Make sure you let us know what you think of the production.