Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen are to reprise their performances as Hirst and Spooner, respectively, in Harold Pinter's No Man's Land that they previously played at Broadway's Cort Theatre in 2013 in rep with Waiting for Godot.
It will begin performances at the West End's Wyndham's Theatre September 8 prior to an official opening September 20, for a run through December 17, following a four-city national tour that begins at Sheffield's Lyceum Theatre August 3 and then visits Newcastle's Theatre Royal, Brighton's Theatre Royal and Cardiff's New Theatre.
In a press statement, Stewart commented, "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 adds, "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."
Hirst and Spooner are two aging writers, who meet in a Hampstead pub one summer's night before continuing their drinking into the night at Hirst’s stately house nearby. As the pair become increasingly inebriated, and their stories increasingly unbelievable, the conversation soon turns into a revealing power game, further complicated by the return home of two sinister younger men.
Further casting has yet to be announced for Sean Mathias' production that will have set and costume design by Stephen Brimson Lewis and lighting design by Peter Kaczorowski. It is produced by Stuart Thompson, Flying Freehold Productions and Playful Productions.
To book tickets and for further details, visit NoMansLandThePlay.com.