London Classic Theatre today announce their UK tour of Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land, with the company’s Artistic Director Michael Cabot directing Nicholas Gasson, Joel Macey, Graham O’Mara and Moray Treadwell. The tour opens at Oldham Coliseum on 5th September, with Press Night at Hull Truck on 12th September, and visits 22 venues in total before the tour concludes at Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells on 2nd November 2019.
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.
Artistic Director Michael Cabot said today “I’m absolutely thrilled to be working on No Man’s Land. It’s my sixth time directing a Pinter play so it goes without saying I’m a huge admirer of his work. The terrific success of Jamie Lloyd’s recent Pinter at the Pinter season has reinforced how his writing still has the power to intrigue and resonate with audiences today and we’re very excited about carrying the torch around the UK this autumn. No Man’s Land is a wonderfully complex, layered play but also full of comic nuance. I’m delighted that Bek Palmer and Andy Grange, the team who worked on our productions of The Birthday Party and Betrayal, are joining LCT again for this new chapter.”
Nicholas Gasson plays Spooner. His credits for the company include The Caretaker, Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me and Entertaining Mr Sloane. Other theatre credits includes Wings (Young Vic),The Dumb Waiter, The Lover (European Arts), James and the Giant Peach (No.1 tour), A Chip in the Sugar from Talking Heads (Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds), Season’s Greetings (The Mill at Sonning), The Picture of Dorian Gray (Greenwich Theatre), Pink for a Boy (Oldham Coliseum) and School for Wives (BAC). His television credits include Shadow in the North, Private Life of an Easter Masterpiece and Merlin.
Joel Macey plays Foster. His previous theatre credits include The Mousetrap (St Martin’s Theatre), Othello (UK tour), Tartuffe, Hamlet, All’s Well That Ends Well (Tobacco Factory) and Treasure Island (The Avenue Theatre). His television credits include 3am and Jess’s Suicide.
Graham O’Mara plays Briggs. His theatre credits include Government Inspector and The Three Musketeers (Young Vic), Alice (Sheffield Crucible), Food (Traverse Theatre) Borders (Arcola Theatre), Punts, Cans (Theatre503), Fatzer: Downfall Of An Egoist (North Wall Arts Centre), Carry On Jaywick (Vaults), BU21 (Trafalgar Studios), Romeo and Juliet, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Wind in the Willows, Othello, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Storyhouse Chester), Sense and Sensibility (The Watermill Theatre), Horniman’s Choice, Hindle Wakes (Finborough Theatre), A Man of Letters (Orange Tree Theatre) and The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (Theatre Royal, Bury St. Edmunds). Television includes Friday Night Dinner, Good Cop, Sirens, The Queen: 1974 and Silent Witness.
Moray Treadwell plays Hirst. His credits for the company include Hysteria. Other theatre credits include Some Mother’s do ‘Ave ‘Em (UK tour), The Railway Children (London King’s Cross Theatre), Macbeth (Mercury Theatre), Romeo and Juliet (Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds), Wait Until Dark and The Little Foxes (Perth Theatre), The Caretaker, The Last Yellow (Nuffield Southampton Theatre), Arsenic and Old Lace, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (UK tours). His television credits include Manchild, My Family, Murder Most Horrid, Beck, Ultraviolet, Wuthering Heights, Planespotting and Whose Baby Is it Anyway?. For film his credits include Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest and Round Ireland with a Fridge.
Michael Cabot directs. He is the founder and Artistic Director of London Classic Theatre. He has directed all forty LCT productions since their London debut in 1993, including My Mother Said I Never Should, Private Lives, Hysteria, The Birthday Party, Waiting for Godot, Absent Friends, Entertaining Mr Sloane, Betrayal, The Importance of Being Earnest and Equus. He has overseen the company’s transition from one of the success stories of the London Fringe in the late nineties to its current position as one of the UK’s leading touring companies. His freelance work as director includes three recent collaborations with award-winning playwright Henry Naylor, The Collector (Arcola Theatre 2014 & UK tour 2016), Angel (Edinburgh Festival Fringe première 2016) and Borders (Edinburgh Festival Fringe première 2017). Angel has won several theatre awards, including a Scotsman Fringe First and the Holden Street Theatres Edinburgh Award in 2016. The production transferred to the Adelaide Fringe in February 2017, winning the Adelaide Critics Circle Award, before playing at the 59E59 Theatre in New York as part of the Brits off Broadway season. Angel was chosen by The Times as one of the UK’s Top Ten productions in 2016. Borders won a Scotsman Fringe First and the Carol Tambor Best of Fringe Award. It also won the Adelaide Critics Circle Award and transferred to New York Theatre Workshop in June 2018.
No Man’s Land LISTINGS
Oldham Coliseum Theatre
5 – 7 September
Hull Truck Theatre
11 – 14 September
Theatre Royal, Winchester
17 – 18 September
Octagon Theatre, Yeovil
The Theatre, Chipping Norton
Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury
New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme
Lincoln Performing Arts Centre
Connaught Theatre, Worthing
Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne
Queen’s Hall, Hexham
Phoenix Theatre, Blyth
25- 26 October
Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton
29 – 30 October
Theatre Royal, Margate
Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells