Clive Owen to Make Broadway Debut in Harold Pinter's 'Old Times'
Part of the Roundabout Theatre Company's 50th anniversary season, the production will be directed by Tony-winning actor Douglas Hodge.
Clive Owen will make his Broadway debut next fall, starring in Nobel Laureate Harold Pinter's unsettling 1971 drama of murky reality and desire, Old Times.
Douglas Hodge, whose extensive experience with Pinter's work encompasses both directing and acting roles, will stage the production, which is part of the Roundabout Theatre Company's 50th anniversary season.
The play revolves around a husband and wife preparing for the visit of her female roommate from 20 years earlier, whom the husband claims never to have met. But with the guest's arrival, shared and conflicting recollections slowly build into a quiet battle for power.
The three-hander has not been seen on Broadway since its original production, which was directed by Peter Hall and starred Rosemary Harris, Robert Shaw and Mary Ure.
Roundabout has a long association with Pinter, having previously staged The Caretaker (twice), Betrayal, Ashes to Ashes, Moonlight, No Man's Land, The Homecoming and The Lover. The company produced Old Times off-Broadway in 1984, with Jane Alexander, Anthony Hopkins and Marsha Mason.
Hodge last worked with Roundabout in the title role of the 2012 Broadway revival of Cyrano de Bergerac. He won a Tony award for lead actor in a musical in 2010 for La Cage aux Folles. Owen's London stage experience includes Romeo and Juliet, Design for Living, Closer and A Day in the Death of Joe Egg. He is currently in New York filming season two of Cinemax's The Knick.
Owen's female co-stars in the revival, as well as venue, are to be announced. The production will start previews Sept. 17, with an official opening set for Oct. 15.
Roundabout is assembling a promising season to mark its golden anniversary. Previously announced productions include a new adaptation of Therese Raquin, with Keira Knightley also making her Broadway debut; Laura Benanti and Josh Radnor in the musical revival She Loves Me; a revival of Michael Frayn's backstage farce Noises Off; and Stephen Karam's new play, The Humans.