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Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart to Bring NO MAN'S LAND to London in 2016?


The Daily Mail writes that theatre vets and best buds Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart are in talks to appear in Harold Pinter's NO MAN'S LAND in London in 2016.

The duo, known for their roles in the X-MEN films, led NO MAN'S LAND in rep with Samuel Beckett's WAITING FOR GODOT last year at Broadway's Cort Theatre. The actors have already brought 'GODOT' to the West End, but McKellen says the other play needs its time in the UK spotlight.

"We didn't do No Man's Land, and we both want to," McKellen told the Mail. "We're planning it very carefully, because we have schedules to come to terms with. We're definitely doing it. The question that hasn't been answered is: when."

Sean Mathias, who directed McKellen and Stewart on the Great White Way, will also helm NO MAN'S LAND in the West End. Billy Crudup and Shuler Hensley, who starred alongside the leads on Broadway, will not be traveling across the pond; their parts will be re-cast.

In Pinter's NO MAN'S LAND, two elderly writers, having met in a London pub, continue drinking and talking into the night. All might be well, until the return home of two younger men. Their relationships are exposed, with menace and hilarity, in one of Pinter's most entertaining plays.

McKellen, well known for his roles in The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit films, has also appeared on Broadway in Dance of Death, Ian McKellen: A Knight Out at the Lyceum, Wild Honey, Ian McKellen: Acting Shakespeare, Amadeus -- which won him a Tony in 1981 -- and The Promise. In the West End, McKellen has starred in A Scent of Flowers, Richard II, Edward II, Macbeth, Othello, King Lear, The Seagull, The Tempest and many more productions.

Tony nominee Stewart, known to many as Star Trek's 'Captain Jean-Luc Picard', has also graced the New York stage in A Life in the Theatre, Macbeth, The Caretaker, A Christmas Carol, The Ride Down Mt. Morgan, The Tempest, A Christmas Carol and A Midsummer Night's Dream. After a start with the RSC, Stewart went on to appear in West End productions of Antony and Cleopatra, Macbeth, Hamlet and more.

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