Patrick Stewart May Ride Down Broadway Again in Roundabout's The Caretaker
By Ernio Hernandez
Patrick Stewart, star of stage and screen, is currently in discussions to star in The Caretaker as part of the Roundabout Theatre Company's upcoming season, confirmed a production spokesperson.
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 will soon take to the West End in the Ibsen drama The Master Builder.
Roundabout saw a revival of Harold Pinter's Betrayal with Juliette Binoche and Liev Schreiber in their 2000-2001 season. The company is now expected to return to the playwright's canon with The Caretaker. Director David Jones — who helmed Pinter's No Man's Land for Roundabout in 1994 with Christopher Plummer and Jason Robards— is slated to direct the work, which explores the relationship between two brothers when a vagabond enters their lives.
The original Broadway staging of the work opened in 1961 at the Lyceum Theatre starring Alan Bates, Donald Pleasence and Robert Shaw. In 1986, Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre brought their revival of the play to New York, with Gary Sinise, Jeff Perry and Alan Wilder under the direction of John Malkovich.
Other works being considered for the 2003-2004 Roundabout season include Spring Awakening, a new musical featuring the music of pop singer Duncan Sheik with director Michael Mayer on tap; The Cherry Orchard, Anton Chekhov's Russian-set classic to be directed by Mark Brokaw; Assassins, the Stephen Sondheim-John Weidman musical directed by Joe Mantello; Brian Friel's Faith Healer about an Irish con man; and the classic courtroom drama Twelve Angry Men by Reginald Rose with scheduled director Scott Ellis.
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