The Caretaker tickets
After being involved in a bar fight, Davies is invited home by good-natured handyman Aston. As it becomes clear just how vulnerable Aston is, it seems that his manipulative guest may take advantage of this stroke of luck. However, when Aston’s violent brother arrives on the scene, relationships are thrown into turmoil and expose the power struggles between the three men.
The Caretaker premiered in 1960 and became one of Pinter’s first commercial successes, running for an impressive 444 performances before transferring to Broadway. This absurd tragicomedy has been likened to the work of Samuel Beckett for its focus on language rather than narrative action. Praised by academics and audiences alike, Pinter was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2005.
For the role of Davies, audiences couldn’t ask for more than Timothy Spall – one of Britain’s most recognised and well-loved character actors. Delighting audiences as Peter Pettigrew in the Harry Potter film series and Beadle Bamford in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Spall also won Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival (2014) for the title role in Mr. Turner.
The Caretaker played as part of Matthew Warchus’ inaugural season at the Old Vic which included: Future Conditional, The Hairy Ape, The Lorax, and Harry Potter co-star Ralph Fiennes in The Master Builder.
Running time: 3 hours (including two 15 minute intervals)
Age recommendation: Not recommended for young children
Special notice: This production is undoubtedly a treat for fans of Spall’s previous work. Warchus’ debut season at the Old Vic is shaping up to be seminal, so we recommend for lovers of high quality, though-provoking theatre.