Pinter’s 1975 play No Man’s Land follows two aging writers, Hirst and Spooner, who, after meeting on Hampstead Heath, return home for a late-night session of witty banter, sinister power games and alcohol, watched by Hirst’s henchmen Briggs and Foster.
No Man’s Land is part mystery drama, part homage to the ghosts of the past and the fiction of memory.
Nobel Prize-winning playwright Harold Pinter is one of the UK’s most renowned and celebrated playwrights whose catalogue of plays includes The Caretaker, The Dumb Waiter, The Hothouse, The Lover & The Collection, The Birthday Party and Betrayal.
The cast of No Man’s Land includes British acting legends Michael Gambon (Hirst) and David Bradley (Spooner), who have between them appeared in many of Pinter’s plays.They are also co-stars in the Harry Potter series of films, in which four time Laurence Olivier Award winner Gambon plays head teacher Dumbledore and Bradley plays Hogwarts caretaker Filch.
David Walliams, best known for co-writing and starring in television sketch show Little Britain, makes his West End stage debut as Hirst’s henchman Foster, alongside another Pinter veteran, Nick Dunning, as Briggs.
The production is directed by 2008 Laurence Olivier Award-winning director Rupert Goold, whose recent productions include Macbeth, The Tempest and Six Characters In Search Of An Author. Goold also directs the revival of Oliver! which was thrown into the spotlight by the televised search for a Nancy, I’d Do Anything.
For more information about No Man’s Land at the Duke of York’s theatre read our First Night Feature.