Harold Pinter’s latest full-length play is set against the decayed elegance of a house in London’s Hampstead Heath. Two men face each other over a drink. Do they know each other, or is each performing an elaborate charade of recognition? The ambiguity and the comedy intensify with the arrival of two younger men, the one ostensibly a manservant, the other a male secretary. All four inhabit a no man’s land between time present and time remembered, between reality and imagination a territory which Pinter explores with his characteristic mixture of biting wit, aggression, and anarchic sexuality that has continually made his plays masterpieces of the modern theater.
No Man’s Land had a triumphant opening at London’s National Theatre, with Sir Ralph Richardson and Sir John Gielgud in the lead roles.