No Mans Land
No Man’s Land is a play that was written by Nobel Laureate English screen play writer, actor and playwright Harold Pinter. He was born in 1930 in Hackney in East London. As a young boy he went to the Hackneys Down School. During his teens he used to regularly write for school and college magazines. Pinter loved running and used to play cricket. He briefly joined Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. During the early 50’s he acted in over 20 stage plays under the stage name of David Baron. He later on went to appear in a number of TV serials and movies like Rogue Male, Langrishe Go Down, The Tailor of Panama, Man Hunt and Mojo. As a writer he wrote 15 dramatic sketches and 29 plays. He received a number of awards such as the Nobel Prize for Literature, Wilfred Owen Award for Poetry, Laurence Olivier Lifetime Achievement Award and David Cohen Prize.
No Man’s Land was written by Pinter in 1974 and the very next year it was published. In 1975 it was staged for the very first time by National Theater at the Old Vic Theater. Later the production was moved to Wyndhams Theater. In 1976 it was staged for the first time in New York at the Lyttelton Theater. The plot of this play revolves around four men namely Hirst (a man in his sixties), Spooner (man in his sixties), Foster (man in his thirties) and Briggs (man in his forties).This is a two act play that is set somewhere in North London and spans over one summer night and the following morning. Hirst is a lonely alcoholic upper class litterateur who lives in a huge house with two servants namely Briggs and Foster. One night Hirst comes across a guy named Spooner at a local pub. Spooner is a poet in a very bad financial shape. Hirst invites him to stay for a night at this place and while the two have a conversation at night Spooner turns out to be an old college fellow of Hirst sharing similar female and male acquaintances and relationships in university.
This play has been staged at a number of popular venues in England and America such as Criterion Center Stage Right Theater in New York, Duke of York’s Theater in London and Almeida Theater in London. Actor Ralph Richardson played the role of Hirst at the first production that was staged at the Old Vic Theater and Richardson won a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play for his role.
Cort Theater is the venue in New York where No Man’s Land is about to be staged. This is a famous Broadway Theater that is located on 48th Street in New York. It has staged some very famous plays in the past like The Grapes of Wrath, An American Daughter, Laugh Whore, The Green Bay Tree, The Blue Bird and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Theatergoers, who live in or around New York, now have a reason to smile as they can now finally watch their favorite play, all they need to do is timely book No Man’s Land tickets and be at Cort Theater.