Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart — two of the greatest actors on this planet, Middle Earth or the final frontier — will grace the stage in Berkeley for four weeks this summer theater season to take on Harold Pinter's No Man's Land.
The two men are perhaps best known stateside as Gandalf the Grey and Captain Jean Luc Picard of the Starship Enterprise, respectively. Although they've done a few blockbuster turns as old-pals-turned-nemeses in the X-Men films, they play best friends and actual British knights in real life. In 2009, the New York Times called the pair, "heartbreakingly human and co-dependent as an old married couple" in a London performance of Beckett's Waiting for Godot.
No Man's Land, called one of the Pinter's "indisputable modern classics," follows an aging upper-class intellectual and a down-on-his-luck poet as they get increasingly drunk in a North London parlor room. Which sounds like a pinnacle of the theater if you ask us. Directing the sparse production will be fellow gay British person Sean Mathias, who directed the 2009 Godot and also owns a pub with McKellen.
“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,” Berkeley Rep’s Artistic Director Tony Taccone said in a statement. “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.”
The play runs for a mere four weeks from August 3rd - 31st at the Roda Theatre in Berkeley. Tickets run from $35 to $135 and are currently available to Berkeley Rep's members. They go on sale to the general public on May 19th.
Tickets and more information at Berkeley Rep.