No Mans Land

Wyndhams Theatre

No Mans Land

08 Sep 2016 - 17 Dec 2016

Pro reviewers rating
14 reviews

4.1 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
0 reviews

0.0 out of 5.0

One summer's evening, two ageing writers, Hirst and Spooner, meet in a Hampstead pub and continue their drinking into the night at Hirst's stately house nearby. As the pair become increasingly inebriated, and their stories increasingly unbelievable, the lively conversation soon turns into a revealing power game.

Do the two writers really know each other, or are they performing an elaborate charade? The ambiguity intensifies with the arrival of two other men.

Pinter's absurdist drama originally premiered in 1975 at the Old Vic Theatre. This revival was launched at the Cort Theatre on Broadway.

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“Haunting, tragicomic... Extraordinary... All four actors... display a deft sense of how to knock every utterance for six. ”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

“Elusive and haunting... Electrifyingly presented by two of our greatest thespians... A primal power... Wonderfully witty. ”

Marianka Swain (Broadway World, Arts Desk)

“Can two of our era’s theatrical knights bear comparison with their great predecessors?.. Yes, they certainly can... superbly. ”

Other newspaper reviewers

“Two superlative, ageing, unshakeably confident and dryly perceptive actors... They put not a foot wrong... A joy to watch. ”

Libby Purves (TheatreCat, Times)

“Faithful and loving production... captures both the essential bleakness and paradoxical comedy of this enigmatic masterwork. ”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“Stewart, exuding a deadly, controlled courtesy, is superbly offset by the more shambling performance of McKellen... Spellbinding”

Mark Shenton (The Stage, London Theatre, Express)

“Manages to be the funniest account of the play I have seen without underselling its scariness, mystery or bleak vision. ”

Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“A fragile masterpiece... Stewart is a study in restrained malevolence... McKellen is wonderful... Pure Pinter, warts and all. ”

Neil Norman (Express, The Stage)

“Texture and language is the main thing with Pinter, and these titans rise to it note perfect... Finely balanced and entertaining”

Andrzej Lukowski (Time Out)

“Stewart... exudes the kind of restraint which implies immense power in reserve, yet is also vain, rumbling or even elegiac. ”

Ian Shuttleworth (Financial Times)

“Much to enjoy... Elegant production... Brilliant Teale and Molony... Stewart is splendid... McKellen steals the play. ”

Michael Arditti (Express)

“Mathias' staging suggests the two men seem to shapeshift... Lighting lets it down... The menace goes missing. ”

Matt Trueman (What's On Stage, Time Out)

“Vanity, conversational superiority, swagger... can be savoured, even if the story is a pseudish, sometimes boring nonsense. ”

Quentin Letts (Daily Mail)

“Wan. The rhythms are slack; the sense of consequence remote... Only McKellen flourishes. ”

Susannah Clapp (The Observer)

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