SATURDAY, JANUARY 14, NOON
Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land opened on 23 April 1975 at the Old Vic Theatre, London. It was an immense popular success and transferred to the West End to Wyndham’s Theatre – the same theatre from which tonight’s production is broadcast. By 1975, Pinter had already written some of his best-known work, including The Birthday Party, The Caretaker and The Homecoming.
Michael Billington records that when No Man’s Land opened, critics responded with much admiration and respect – and also with some bewilderment. They debated the true meaning of Pinter’s play – or, indeed, whether it needed one single ‘meaning’ at all.
The play begins one summer’s evening. Two ageing writers, Hirst and Spooner, have met in a Hampstead pub and continue their drinking into the night at Hirst’s stately home nearby.
Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes, including a 20-minute interval and a 20-minute post-show Q&A with the cast and director Sean Mathias.