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No Man’s land

No Man’s land

Directed by Michael Cabot
Designed by Bek Palmer
Lighting by Andy Grange

A chance meeting between two elderly writers in a North London pub leads to an alcohol-fuelled night of reminiscences and verbal sparring.

Hirst, a wealthy recluse, invites Spooner, a down-at-heel poet, to his Hampstead townhouse for a nightcap.  As the shadows lengthen and the whisky flows, their stories become more elaborate and improbable, until the arrival of two younger men forces events to take an unexpected turn.

In his most beguiling and atmospheric play, Pinter interweaves truth, language and memory to create a world of dark comedy and subtle power games.

Originally staged at the Old Vic, London in 1975, Peter Hall’s iconic production of No Man’s Land starred John Gielgud and Ralph Richardson.

Playwright, director, actor, poet and political activist, Harold Pinter was born on 10 October 1930 in East London. He wrote twenty-nine plays including The CaretakerOld TimesBetrayal and The Homecoming. In 2005, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.  He died on Christmas Eve 2008.

Please note that NO MAN’S LAND contains very strong language.

Join us after the show on Friday 1 November for a discussion with the London Classic Theatre Company, chaired by Will Wollen, University of Kent. Free. All welcome.

A Canterbury Festival Umbrella event –

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