A Stranger Among Brothers: Stewart, MacLachlan Start in Pinter's The Caretaker, Oct. 24

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24 Oct 2003

Patrick Stewart, Kyle McLachlan, and Aiden Gillen
Patrick Stewart, Kyle McLachlan, and Aiden Gillen

Harold Pinter's The Caretaker returns to Broadway, courtesy of The Roundabout Theatre Company, with Patrick Stewart, Kyle MacLachlan and Aiden Gillen starring. The drama starts at the American Airlines Theatre Oct. 24.

The Broadway revival will open Nov. 9 for a limited engagement through Jan. 4, 2004.

Director David Jones — who helmed Pinter's No Man's Land for Roundabout in 1994 with Christopher Plummer and Jason Robards— directs the work, which explores the changing relationship between two brothers when a vagabond enters their lives.

Stewart, last seen in the "X-Men" sequel "X2," 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 television turns in "Star Trek: The Next Generation" — 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 makes his Broadway debut with the 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 makes 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.

Tickets to The Caretaker at Roundabout's AA Theatre, 227 West 42nd Street are available by calling (212) 719-1300 or online at www.roundabouttheatre.org.