Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart Will Play Pre-Broadway Engagement of No Man's Land at Berkeley Rep
By Andrew Gans
Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart will perform a pre-Broadway engagement of Harold Pinter's No Man's Land this summer at Berkeley Rep.
Directed by Sean Mathias, the 34-performance run is scheduled to begin previews Aug. 3 in the Roda Theatre, open Aug. 11 and continue until Aug. 31.
It was previously announced that McKellen and Stewart would return to Broadway in fall 2013 in a limited engagement of Pinter’s No Man’s Land and Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot. Directed by Mathias, the productions will be performed in repertory. Performance dates have yet to be announced.
“It is a great honor to welcome these gentlemen to our stage,” Berkeley artistic director Tony Taccone said in a statement. “I’m sure audiences will be as excited as I am to see these spectacular actors and their eminent director take on such a formidable script. I’m enormously proud that Berkeley Rep has developed a reputation as a supportive place where artists of this caliber can share their newest ambitious work with our audience.”
“I have many reasons, professional and personal, to care about San Francisco,” McKellen added. “I was last there with the National Theatre's Richard III, when I lodged with Armistead Maupin and his partner. As Magneto, I bestrode the Golden Gate Bridge and flew it to Alcatraz. It's high time I played Berkeley Rep, and I'm so pleased to be doing that at last in No Man's Land (my first professional Pinter) and in such distinguished company.” Stewart stated: “I am delighted to be performing at Berkeley Rep and look forward to living in and discovering the city and its surroundings.”
In No Man’s Land, press notes state, "we wonder if two writers really know each other. Or are they performing an elaborate charade? The ambiguity – and the comedy – intensify with the arrival of two other men, drawing the audience into a place between the present and time remembered, between reality and fantasy."
Additional casting for the production will be announced at a later date.
Tickets range from $35-$135 (subject to change). Subscribers to Berkeley Rep save $5 on every ticket. Additional savings are available for groups, seniors, students, and anyone under 30 years of age. The Roda Theatre is located at 2015 Addison Street. For tickets or information, call (510) 647-2949 or click berkeleyrep.org.
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