No Man's Land at Wyndham's Theatre tickets
No Man's Land at Wyndham's Theatre tickets

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Overview

Sean Mathias directed renowned actors Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart in a UK revival of Harold Pinter’s absurdist play No Man’s Land. Having embarked on an extensive tour before landing at London’s Wyndham’s Theatre, No Man’s Land saw the prolific pair reunite for the first time since the critically acclaimed run of Waiting for Godot at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.

Originally premiering in 1975 at what is now the Old Vic Theatre, No Man’s Land is a dark and surreal examination of the consequences of intoxication. On a warm summer’s evening, two ageing writers, Hirst and Spooner, unite at a Hampstead pub and drink late into the night. When the pair decide to move the party to Hirst’s stately home, they become increasingly inebriated and their stories become increasingly unbelievable. Soon, the lively conversation evolves into a revealing power game, made all the more sinister when two young men arrive at the house.

Broadway director Sean Mathias (Waiting for Godot, Company) oversaw the cast in this revival, which starred McKellen as Spooner and Stewart as Hirst. McKellen is a multiple award-winning actor, receiving an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in Gods and Monsters, as well as an Academy Award and BAFTA for his critically acclaimed portrayal of Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. His extensive stage credits include countless roles with the Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre, including King Lear, Richard III and Uncle Vanya. Stewart is best-known for his role as Professor Xavier in the X-Men franchise, as well as appearing in Star Trek: The Next Generation. He also has numerous notable stage credits, including Anthony and Cleopatra, The Merchant of Venice and an acclaimed solo adaptation of A Christmas Carol.

No Man’s Land featured set and costume design by Stephen Brimson Lewis and lighting design by Peter Kaczorowski. The highly anticipated production toured various UK venues before arriving at Wyndham’s Theatre in September 2016 where it ran until December 2016.

Recommended for

Those who enjoy surreal plays such as Waiting for Godot will enjoy this production. Fans of Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart will love seeing them in their acting elements.

Age Recommendations: Not recommended for young children

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours (including an interval)
Opened: 07 Sep 2016
Press night: 20 Sep 2016
Booking from: 16 Dec 2016
Booking until: 17 Dec 2016

Location and map

Wyndham's Theatre
Charing Cross Rd
London, WC2H 0DA

80 Reviews Add review

This Harold Pinter play is set around a wealthy alcoholic and elderly pot boy who meet and drink and exchange stories. Patrick Ste... More

tapwhizz 168cm, 50 reviews, 3 helpful votes

This Harold Pinter play is set around a wealthy alcoholic and elderly pot boy who meet and drink and exchange stories. Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen were wonderful. It was a real treat to see them in action.

tapwhizz 168cm, 50 reviews, 3 helpful votes

I saw Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian in Waiting for Godot a few years ago. On that occasion Sir Ian was the star for me. On this occa... More

jamesclossick 9 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I saw Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian in Waiting for Godot a few years ago. On that occasion Sir Ian was the star for me. On this occasion however, Mr Stewart excelled. His slightly demented drunken Hirst was superb. I could not take my eyes off him, which was a shame sometimes as Sir Ian's subtle physical moves were often brilliantly funny. Not everyone loves Pinter. I do. The plot is limited, but the brilliant combination of wonderful language, tension and comedy makes that unimportant. It's a tremendous production. Such a pity that the seat prices are astronomical, making it unaffordable to most of the people who should be there.

jamesclossick 9 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Two knights of the realm on the stage! What more can I say? It was an absolute joy to watch Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Ste... More

joc78 5"4, 249 reviews, 4 helpful votes

Two knights of the realm on the stage! What more can I say? It was an absolute joy to watch Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart take to the stage. The acting was first rate (what more could you expect) and the chemistry between them was clear to see. The play for me however was not great. It was very difficult to understand what was going on and was very ambiguous.....however, it is a Pinter play so is to be expected! It was a joy to see two British acting legends on stage together again so I'm very pleased I got to see them!

joc78 5"4, 249 reviews, 4 helpful votes

Superb acting all round. Though it was a rare treat to watch these 2 masters on the stage together (McKellen and Stewart). No M... More

dickymail121 6'0, 15 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Superb acting all round. Though it was a rare treat to watch these 2 masters on the stage together (McKellen and Stewart). No Man's Land is full of interesting, funny, sad, sinister, poignant moments, and a little surreal in places. It appears to have no beginning or end, it is a total performance piece, and I'm so glad I got to watch it.

dickymail121 6'0, 15 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I loved the show. Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen were breathtaking and I felt very privileged to see them live on stage and espe... More

ChristineDaae 5'6'', 13 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I loved the show. Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen were breathtaking and I felt very privileged to see them live on stage and especially both at the same time. They work really well together and you can feel, that they appreciate one another and have known each other for a very long time. The play itself surprised me, because it was funnier than I had expected.

ChristineDaae 5'6'', 13 reviews, 0 helpful votes

What more could you ask for in a show. I did not see Patrick Stewart due to illness but Ian McKellan is a master actor and in gene... More

zh14 1.7m, 60 reviews, 21 helpful votes

What more could you ask for in a show. I did not see Patrick Stewart due to illness but Ian McKellan is a master actor and in general this show overall was just a showcase of acting with very simple set and staging. I'm so glad I got the opportunity to see this as it was pure class.

zh14 1.7m, 60 reviews, 21 helpful votes

It isn't the first time that I see a play by Harold Pinter played on a stage and I've come to the conclusion that he's definitely ... More

natlecoq 160cm, 23 reviews, 0 helpful votes

It isn't the first time that I see a play by Harold Pinter played on a stage and I've come to the conclusion that he's definitely not my favourite writer. Talented, sure, but not my cup of tea. He gives his audience funny moments, though. And when these moments are brought to life by the famous friends duet that is Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, this is a must-see, must-go. And I wasn't disappointed : seeing those two interacting on a stage is something that one has to experience one time. Damien Molony (Ripper Street) and Owen Teale (Game of Thrones)'s interaction with the two legends was well-played. All four actors were extremely good! It was also the last performance and we were lucky to have a few words from all the cast, in the presence of the director. Priceless...

natlecoq 160cm, 23 reviews, 0 helpful votes

It's hard to say I enjoyed this play as it is so ambiguous, and it's a battle to work out who is doing what and why. I got more f... More

marebert 5' 1", 44 reviews, 0 helpful votes

It's hard to say I enjoyed this play as it is so ambiguous, and it's a battle to work out who is doing what and why. I got more from a post-show analysis of what had just happened than from sitting in the theatre. Having said that, the performances were all fabulous, especially Ian McKellen who demonstrated a huge range of characters within his one role and had the audience in the palm of his hand.

marebert 5' 1", 44 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Whilst it was a delight to see four amazing actors (Sirs Ian Patrick, Damien Molony and Owen Teale) I found Pinter quite difficult... More

braintree 155cm, 40 reviews, 5 helpful votes

Whilst it was a delight to see four amazing actors (Sirs Ian Patrick, Damien Molony and Owen Teale) I found Pinter quite difficult to understand at times (I struggled with The Caretaker but enjoyed The Hothouse) and its absurdist nature makes it difficult for even the most acclaimed critics to understand but there is something visually and emotionally engaging about it plus there is ample opportunity to come up with theories about who these men are, their relationships (or lack of) and what the story is actually about!

braintree 155cm, 40 reviews, 5 helpful votes