Roundabout's Caretaker with Stewart, MacLachlan and Gillen Sets Broadway Dates

By Ernio Hernandez
August 4, 2003

The upcoming Broadway staging of Harold Pinter's The Caretaker starring Patrick Stewart, Kyle MacLachlan and Aiden Gillen is slated to start at the American Airlines Theatre, Oct. 24.

The Roundabout Theatre Company production 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— is slated to direct 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, who will make his Broadway debut with the play, was seen last year on the London stage 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 "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 will also make 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 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.

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