About No Man’s Land
Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, the villainous Magneto and his nemesis Professor Xavier of the popular X-Men films, reunite on the stage in No Man’s Land.
Harold Pinter’s drama concerns two elderly writers who may or may not share a past. Hirsch (Stewart) is a famous literary figure who invites the impoverished poet Spooner (McKellen) to his lavish home for a drink. As the evening progresses, Spooner claims to have known Hirst at Oxford University, and two mysterious servants, Foster and Briggs, soon enter the picture. Spooner attempts to insinuate himself into Hirst’s good graces as Foster and Briggs appear to manipulate their boss’s actions. Memories, power plays, desperate attempts at connections—all shift without warning and nothing is as it seems.
This powerhouse production will play in repertory with Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, also starring McKellen and Stewart. Both productions will be directed by Sean Mathias (Indiscretions, The Dance of Death, Breakfast at Tiffany’s).
Long regarded as two of the leading lights of the stage and silver screen, McKellen and Stewart have never paired up onstage on this side of the Atlantic. They appeared in England in the premiere of Tom Stoppard’s Every Good Boy Deserves Favor in 1977 and performed a West End revival of Godot in 2009.
McKellen won a Tony Award for Amadeus and played the wizard Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit. Stewart has appeared on Broadway in his solo version of A Christmas Carol, A Life in the Theater, The Tempest, and MacBeth. He is best known as Capt. Jean-Luc Picard on Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Two hours and 30 minutes (one intermission)
Did you know?
No Man’s Land premiered in London in 1975 and starred Sir John Gielgud and Sir Ralph Richardson. The production transferred to Broadway in 1976.
Harold Pinter won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2005. He was also an actor and appeared opposite Emma Thompson in the HBO TV version of Wit in 2001 and in Samuel Beckett’s one-person play Krapp’s Last Tape in 2006. He died of cancer in 2008.
Fans of McKellen and Stewart for their popular movie and TV work will flock to this affecting drama, as will aficionados of serious theater.
Good for kids?
Harold Pinter’s mysterious and cryptic drama is inappropriate for young children. Mature teenagers should be able to process it.
Cort Theater Location Information:
138 W 48th St.
New York, NY 10036
N,R,W to 49th St.