McShane to topline Pinter revival in '07

NEW YORK — Ian McShane is set to star in the Broadway revival of Harold Pinter’s “The Homecoming” in fall 2007. Daniel Sullivan (“Rabbit Hole,” “Proof”) will direct.

Produced by Jeffrey Richards and Jerry Frankel, the team behind the upcoming revival of “Talk Radio” starring Liev Schreiber, “Homecoming” was set to bow this season. However, Richards recently announced the production would be pushed back to make way for a Roundabout revival of Pinter’s “Old Times” that never materialized.

No theater or dates have been confirmed for “Homecoming,” but Richards said rehearsals would start in early October.

Brit thesp McShane, who won a 2005 Golden Globe for his perf as Al Swearengen in HBO skein “Deadwood,” has appeared on Broadway once before, in a short 1967 run of “The Promise” that also starred Ian McKellen and Eileen Atkins.

Infused with the air of menace typical of Pinter plays, “Homecoming” follows a British professor’s return from America to his family’s home in North London. The play first ran on Broadway in 1967, and was revived in 1991.

Richards and Frankel also are on the producing team of new tuner “Spring Awakening,” set to open at the O’Neill Dec. 10. Their production of “Talk Radio” opens in February.

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