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'No Man's Land' on Sunday at Cineplex

Published:Friday | February 3, 2017 | 2:00 AM
The main players in 'No Man's Land'.

Sir Ian McKellen (Lord of the Rings trilogy) and Sir Patrick Stewart (Star Trek: The Next Generation and X-Men) are two widely known actors, primarily for their roles on the big screen.

Following their hit run on Broadway London, the two multiple awarding-winning thespians return to the stage with Harold Pinter's No Man's Land, directed by Sean Mathias, in a National Theatre Live encore broadcast at Palace Cineplex, this Sunday, February 5, at 11:30 a.m.

Owen Teale and Damien Molony also star in the production and shared their thoughts on the nuances of the Pinter's absurdist play.

Molony: "This play is about control. It's so much like Pinter. It's is like a tactical game of chess. At any one moment on the stage one person has the power. With so much of Pinter, there are these huge belly laughs in the show, which are usually very quickly followed by very unsettling moments of menace and then this kind of deep melancholy."

Teale: "No Man's Land is dark, make no mistake, but often when you strike those particular moments and you get them right, they are funny."

Molony: "The laugh from the audience is kind of a release of a valve of tension that has been building up every few minutes."

Teale: "You have an incredible crucible of artistic talent coming together and the chemistry working."

Molony: "I think it's kind of the mischievous side of Harold Pinter and he hoped the play would put the audience in a sort of no man's land."

Lead actors Ian Mckellen and Patrick Stewart, who have known each other for some 50 years, felt like the relationship among the four cast members on an offstage reflected the same ease and comfort of long-standing relationships.

Tickets are on sale at the box office, Palace Cineplex, and via the web at www.palaceamusement.com, with any major credit card, or a Palace Card.