Roundabout Revival of The Caretaker by Pinter Pauses on Broadway, Jan. 4

By Ernio Hernandez
04 Jan 2004

Patrick Stewart in The Caretaker
Patrick Stewart in The Caretaker
Photo by Joan Marcus

Stars Patrick Stewart, Kyle MacLachlan and Aiden Gillen close the Roundabout Theatre Company revival of Harold Pinter's The Caretaker at the American Airlines Theatre, Jan. 4.

The staging, which opened on Broadway Nov. 9, 2003 began previews Oct. 24,2003 for its limited engagement.

David Jones — who helmed Pinter's No Man's Land for Roundabout in 1994 with Christopher Plummer and Jason Robards — directed the work, which explores the changing relationship between two brothers when a vagabond enters their lives. MacLachlan plays the slow older brother, who lives in a cluttered room of a building owned by his younger, volatile brother played by Gillen. Stewart plays Davies, a manipulative bum who enters and upturns their lives.

Stewart has appeared on the Broadway stage in productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Tempest and his own solo take on Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. The veteran thespian — known for his sci-fi turns in television's "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and the "X-Men" films — more recently appeared in The Ride Down Mt. Morgan, Shakespeare Theatre's race-reversed production of Othello and the West End run of the Ibsen drama The Master Builder.



MacLachlan made his Broadway debut with this play after a turn on the London stage last year opposite Woody Harrelson (The Rainmaker) in On an Average Day at the Comedy Theatre. The actor is known for his big and small screen work in "Sex and the City," "Blue Velvet," "Twin Peaks," "Showgirls," and the 2000 update of "Hamlet" with Ethan Hawke.

Irish-born Gillen broke stateside with a turn in the cable drama "Queer as Folk." The actor — who also made his Broadway debut — has appeared on London's Almeida Theatre stage in productions of Platonov, The Tempest and The Playboy of the Western World. He was also seen in the films "Shanghai Knights" and "The Low Down."

The design team for The Caretaker features John Lee Beatty (sets), Jane Greenwood (costumes), Peter Kaczorowski (lights) and Scott Lehrer (sound).

The original Broadway staging of the work opened in 1961 at the Lyceum Theatre starring Alan Bates. In 1986, Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre brought their revival of the play to New York with star Gary Sinise under the direction of John Malkovich.

The Caretaker at Roundabout's AA Theatre, 227 West 42nd Street closes on the same night as the non-profit's long-running revival of Cabaret. For more information on the company, visit www.roundabouttheatre.org.