Another late review of a show I also saw back in September… oops! Better late than never, though, right?
No Man’s Land is a play by Harold Pinter that, if I’m honest, still don’t know what it actually is about. The play is set in one room over the course of one night. It’s written by one of the most famous playwrights. And it’s an opportunity to see two of the most iconic British actors on stage. What could go wrong?
I really wanted to like this exactly for the reasons above. But I felt like the whole time I was missing something. Don’t get me wrong, all four actors were outstanding. The chemistry between Ian McKellen & Patrick Stewart is brilliant and they play really well off each other. It was also great to see Owen Teale on stage, he was fantastic too. As was Damian Molony, really diving in the deep end for his West End debut. And what brilliant company to be in! But for me, all good shows (no matter the medium) start wth a good script. It’s definitely a “read between the lines” kind of script – open to interpretation. Even though there are some comedic moments, I was mostly bored.
If straight up drama is your kind of thing then you may be more impressed than I was. Or if you do really wanna see this then you can watch the NT Live production in your local cinema. But otherwise, this isn’t one I’d run to the box office for.
No Man’s Land is running at the Wyndham’s Theatre until 17th December. For more information on the play and the NT Live broadcast you can visit http://www.nomanslandtheplay.com