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No Man's Land - Full Length Play, Drama

No Man's Land

Harold Pinter

Full Length Play, Drama

4m

ISBN: 9780802150509

In an old house in North West London, two sexagenarians, with the acerbic aid of two younger men, bring forth their realities, memories, inclinations, and claims for recognition.

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Description

Full Length Play

Drama

Experimental

90 minutes

Time Period - 1970s

Settings Of Play - The drawing room of Hirst's residence. 

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Interior Set

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

Alcohol

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Senior Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Broadway, From West End

In No Mans 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.
"[No Mans Land is] about precisely what its title suggests...the sense of being caught in some mysterious limbo between life and death, between a world of brute reality and one of fluid uncertainty. ... the play is a masterly summation of all the themes that have long obsessed Pinter: the fallibility of memory, the co-existence in one man of brute strength and sensitivity, the ultimate unknowability of women, the notion that all human contact is a battle between who and whom. ... It is in no sense a dry, mannerist work but a living, theatrical experience full of rich comedy in which one speech constantly undercuts another." - Michael Billington, The Guardian

"
Like many classic Pinter plays, No Man's Land is about the reaction to an intruder who threatens the status quo ante. The subtlety that gradually emerges in this play, though, is that Spooner, the seedy Prufrockian failed poet, is the alter ego of his host, the moneyed litterateur, Hirst, and that his predatory intrusion also represents an abortive attempt to reconnect Hirst to life and to his creativity and to save him from the bitter stalemate of old age. Mysterious, bleakly beautiful and very funny, No Man's Land demonstrates that though it may take a little while to latch on to the laws of Pinterland, it is well worth the effort." - Paul Taylor, The Independent 
No Mans Land premiered at the Old Vic Theatre in London by the National Theatre on April 23, 1975. 
Characters

CASTING

4m

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

All Male

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

HIRST - a man in his sixties
SPOONER - a man in his sixties
FOSTER - a man in his thirties
BRIGGS - a man in his forties
Rental Materials

MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Videos
  • "No Man's Land" - Cort Theatre

  • "No Man's Land" (1978)

Author
Harold Pinter

Harold Pinter

Harold Pinter was born in London in 1930 and died on Christmas Eve, 2008. He was married to Antonia Fraser. He wrote twenty-nine plays including The Birthday Party, The Caretaker, The Homecoming, and Betrayal, twenty-one screenplays including The Servant, The Go-Between, The French Lieutenant's Woman and Sleuth, and directed twenty-seven theatre productions, including James Joyce's Exiles, David ... view full profile

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