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No Man's Land in Oldham

Published: 17 August 2019
Reporter: David Upton

London Classic Theatre opens its 2019 national tour of Harold Pinter’s dark comedy No Man’s Land at Oldham Coliseum Theatre next month.

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.

Pinter interweaves truth, language and memory to create dark comedy and subtle power games.

Michael Cabot, director and artistic director of London Classic Theatre, said, “it's my sixth time directing a Pinter play so it goes without saying I'm a huge admirer. No Man's Land is a wonderfully-complex, layered play but also full of comic nuance."

Launched in 2000, London Classic’s recent visits to the Coliseum include My Mother Said I Never Should in April, Hysteria (2017), The Birthday Party (2016) and Waiting for Godot (2015). The Coliseum is the first of 22 venues across the country to receive No Man’s Land.

It runs from September 5–7 is recommended for ages 16+ and contains very strong language.