Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen in No Man’s Land at the Wyndham’s Theatre
2016 was already shaping up to be a great year in the West End and though we’re well into it now the big shows keep on piling in! This week brings the news that Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen are returning to the capital with the hit Broadway production of No Man’s Land, allowing audiences to see the famous duo onstage together for the first time since 2009’s Waiting For Godot.
No Man’s Land sees Stewart and McKellen portray Hirst and Spooner, writers in their later years embarking on a drinking bender that starts off at a pub in Hampstead and continues at Hirst’s home. Though the drunkenness leads to a game of one-upmanship it is their dealings with some shady new arrivals that could be the biggest cause for concern.
Penned by Harold Pinter in the 1970s, the show was first seen at the Old Vic Theatre and its first appearance in the West End was at the Wyndham’s Theatre later that year. Its current 2016 appearance brings it back to the latter for a homecoming showcase that will also follow a UK tour of locations like Sheffield.
Stewart and McKellen are undoubtedly going to be big draws for this production as they have both enjoyed successful careers on the stage and screen, perhaps most notably alongside one another as Professor X and Magneto in the X-Men series of films. Stewart is also known for Star Trek: The Next Generation and stage productions like Hamlet for the RSC, whilst McKellen has starred in The Lord Of The Rings and Hobbit trilogies, as well as Mr Holmes.
Speaking about the production, Stewart recollects “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.”
And this excitement is surely going to translate to audiences as well as they flock to see the show when it opens in the West End in September 2016.