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Michael Kitchen acted in two Harold Pinter plays directed by Peter Hall, No Man’s Land and Family Voices. Reading about Hall’s lifework today, I was intrigued by what he had to say about the pauses written into Pinter’s plays and the difficulty John Gielgud and Ralph Richardson had with them. I wouldn’t be surprised if Michael Kitchen was able to handle Pinter’s pauses with ease from the get-go.

Caricature art by Sam Norkin listed on eBay:

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For EH, who expressed an interest in seeing more of No Man’s Land, as it’s no longer available on YouTube in its entirety. I still don’t get the play, but I do enjoy reading articles about it that shed some light, like this entertaining NY Times piece with Christopher Plummer ( ❤ ) and Jason Robards, who starred in the 1994 revival on Broadway.

And via KT comes onemanz.com’s excellent review of the latest Broadway revival of No Man’s Land starring Ian McKellan and Patrick Stewart, a production which apparently rivaled the original:

With the supporting roles filled by Michael Kitchen and Terence Rigby, even the recording of the original production is an English language equivalent of listening to a string quartet performing a timeless piece of classical music. So much so, revivals have never quite done the work justice, until now.

Thanks, KT, for sharing the review and also for alerting me to the video setting!




Michael Kitchen oozing confidence as Foster in No Man’s Land.


jillyfern:

Mr Kitchen, 1978 to 2013 in under 5 seconds :o)

Under 2 seconds by my estimate – you’ve undersold yourself, jillyfern.  I’m most riveted by his hair loss.  Maybe because his face itself looks remarkably unchanged in the two photos.




Some of my favorite shots of Michael Kitchen as Foster in the filmed production of No Man’s Land.


Between 1975 and 1977 Michael Kitchen played the character of Foster in another Harold Pinter work, No Man’s Land.  The stage production premiered in London and then had a run on Broadway before being filmed for broadcast on TV in 1978.  This clip from almost the end of the play is the best part, in my lowbrow opinion.

The play was pretty inscrutable to me.  But that may be because I skipped over all the scenes of drunken rambling, i.e. most of the play as far as I could tell.

From a review in the Village Voice (Nov. 22, 1976):

…the new boy, Michael Kitchen, is an inventive and potentially powerful comic actor, with great suppleness of emotional color.

And from the AP in November 1976:


While the Ebay photo from my previous post is nice, IMO, this publicity still from the theater run of No Man’s Land is the dishiest image I’ve seen of Michael Kitchen from the 1970’s.  Nice haircut, nice turtleneck, nice angle.

Photo credit: the Michael Kitchen site