No Man’s Land

The new year started not with a live performance, but with a filmed production of a live performance by the National Theatre. We tried to see the film in London, but all roads out of Stratford were closed. Our second attempt, which took us to Waterloo, was successful.

No Man’s Land by Harold Pinter starred Patrick Stewart and Ian MacKellan with great support from two lesser known but very talented actors. ( The problem with seeing plays at the movies is you don’t get a program with a cast list!)

The play is typical Pinter – lots of talk, no plot, and no resolution. It begins and it ends. There is a sense of menace, but it does not turn into anything. There are some very funny bits. Both Stewart and MacKellan can play drunks to perfection.

In summary, great performances of an interesting play.


About cathyriggall

Theatre junkie, who thinks live theatre is the ultimate form of living on the edge. You never know what will happen when an actor steps on the stage.
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2 Responses to No Man’s Land

  1. keithhpotter says:

    Yes, an atmosphere of malice and lots of fun monologues, but more a set of character studies than a play, though.
    Still, this cast makes it well worth seeing in any case.

  2. keithhpotter says:

    Monologues… kind of like Spalding Gray – do we have a new theme here?

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