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A play by Harold Pinter, being performed anywhere near you, is something that should be heartily sought out, simply one of the finest playwrights there has ever been, the Nobel Prize winner penned some of the finest pieces of drama throughout his 50 year career. One of his works being brought to life is a treat no-one should miss, though that’s not all that’s on offer at Newcastle’s Theatre Royal from Monday 15th until Saturday 20th August, as his play No Man’s Land is set to be performed by quite simply two of the finest actors there has ever been.

That’s right, Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen join forces again (though not a Wolverine in sight this time), as they follow a hit run on Broadway with five shows in a row, right here in the North East. The two revered actors are invigorated by this comic masterpiece, with the masters of their craft delivering some perfectly pitched dialogue in a tale of two ageing writers meeting in a Hampstead pub. Stewart (who by the way, we can claim as one of our own having spent some of his childhood in Jarrow), and McKellen, play Spooner and Hirst respectively, with the pair continuing their drinking into the night at Hirst’s stately house nearby. As the alcohol flows, so do the stories, and the lively back and forth soon turns into a revealing struggle for power, which is further complicated by the return of two sinister young men.

Directed by Sean Mathias and also starring Tony Award winner Owen Teale (also recognisable from Game Of Thrones), this is a must for theatre lovers, and if you’re not a regular theatre goer, there aren’t going to be many better introductions than this, though it does mean you’ll be left with potentially unreachable expectations for the future, as this is sure to be a memorable run of performances which will rarely be bettered.

No Man’s Land is at Theatre Royal, Newcastle from Monday 15th until Saturday 20th August.

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