Edge Hill University alumnus and Hollywood star, Jonathan Pryce, will return to Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre later this year to play the lead role in Harold Pinter’s The Caretaker.

Speaking about the Everyman, Pryce said: “This is where everything started for me. It was the most exciting and innovative theatre in the country, committed to the local population. Last year I was asked if I had ever thought of playing Davies in The Caretaker. I said yes, and I want to do it in Liverpool.”

Pryce, who has appeared in such blockbuster hits as Evita, Tomorrow Never Dies and the Pirates of the Caribbean, attended a teacher training course in the 1960s at what was then Edge Hill College of Higher Education.

After appearing in a production whilst studying, an impressed friend sent off to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art for an application form, where Pryce was later awarded an academic scholarship.

Despite finding RADA “straight laced” and being told that he would never aspire to playing more than villains in Z-Cars, he graduated and went on to perform with the Royal Shakespeare Company and at the Nottingham Playhouse.

Jonathan then joined the Everyman Theatre where he later became Artistic Director. It was during this time that he made his first screen appearance on a 1972 episode of Doomwatch, called Fire and Brimstone.