We are thrilled to announce that Patrice Naiambana will take on the iconic role of ‘Davies’ in Pinter’s blistering classic The Caretaker, celebrated as one of 20th century theatre’s most significant plays. The production will run from Tuesday 17 October until Saturday 28 October, as part of our Made in Northampton 2017 season.
Patrice is currently starring in the sell-out National Theatre production Barber Shop Chronicles. Describing himself as an “African performing artist from Sierra Leone”, his previous work includes the title role in Kathryn Hunter’s Othello, Warwick the Kingmaker in Michael Boyd’s Olivier Award-winning Histories Cycle Ensemble, and Aslan in Adrian Noble’s The Lion,The Witch and The Wardrobe, all for the RSC. He has played in Steven Berkoff’s Corialanus and Marcello Magni’s Tell Them I am Young and Beautiful. Patrice is also the founder and facilitator of Tribal Soul Arts, an organisation which creates innovative and functional arts in collaboration with citizens and communities to bring about positive social transformation.
Patrice said: “For me, Pinter’s not just a great writer, but a prophetic one. This great tragicomedy reads as if it has been freshly minted for 2017. The combination of vulnerability and aggression in the homeless Davies and the bitter wrangling between the brothers who offer him a kind of asylum rings out of the play with startling clarity. Pinter allows you to discover new meanings and new resonance in his plays, no matter when or where they are performed. I’m looking forward to working with Chris and seeing where it takes us.”
The production will be directed by Christopher Haydon, his first major production since his celebrated tenure at London’s Gate Theatre (Grounded, Image of An Unknown Young Woman, The Convert). Speaking today, Christopher said: “I am thrilled that Patrice will be playing Davies. He will have an absolutely unique take on this iconic role – when we first talked about it, I was struck by the depth with which he personally connected with the play and the insights he brings to it. Patrice’s remarkable stage presence makes him the ideal person to embody the humour and vulnerability of the part.”
Christopher’s previous credits include Twelve Angry Men at Birmingham Rep and in the West End, and Grounded (Traverse Theatre Edinburgh, Studio Theatre Washington DC, national and international tour) which won a Fringe First and Best Production in the Off West End Awards. He reunites with Designer Oliver Townsend for The Caretaker, after previously collaborating on Grounded (Best Set Design, Off West End Awards).
The Caretaker runs from Tuesday 17 to Saturday 28 October. Click here or call Box Office on 01604 624811 to book.