The Caretaker at Old Vic Theatre tickets
The Caretaker at Old Vic Theatre tickets

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About the show

British stage and screen legend Timothy Spall took on the leading role in Harold Pinter’s tragicomedy, The Caretaker. Spall played Davies, an irritable tramp who disturbs the relationship between two brothers when he is invited into their home.

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.

Recommended for

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.

Age Recommendations: Not recommended for young children

Dates and times

Running time: 3 hours (including two 15 minute intervals)
Opened: 26 Mar 2016
Press night: 06 Apr 2016
Booking from: 10 May 2016
Booking until: 12 May 2016

Seating plan

For detailed seating information for The Caretaker, please check out our interactive Old Vic Theatre seating plan with 1553 seat reviews and 3 photos of views from seat.

Location and map

Old Vic Theatre
103 The Cut
London, SE1 8NB

30 Reviews Add review

matthewseaman 44 reviews, 0 helpful votes

georgebruv772 6"4, 120 reviews, 2 helpful votes

Excellent... Incredible acting from Timothy Spall, Daniel Mays and GeorgeMacKay : very different characters with so much heart. Timothy... More

natlecoq 160cm, 23 reviews, 0 helpful votes

The show was a lot better than I thought it would be. Timothy Spall was excellent.

BColeman 5 11", 79 reviews, 3 helpful votes

The Caretaker offers fantastic performances from all 3 actors, whilst a slight drag at over 3 hours Timothy Spall's return to the stage... More

nats1602 5"11, 43 reviews, 6 helpful votes

Absolutely brilliant piece of theatre with extraordinary performances from all the cast. Pinter at its best and a really great production. More

mssmittenkitten 5'10, 92 reviews, 6 helpful votes

A poor revival of Pinter's play. Daniel Mays and George Mackay gave effective performances (especially the former), but the headliner... More

robwilton 5' 11", 23 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Brilliant performance from all 3 actors

davidahughes 185cm, 61 reviews, 7 helpful votes

An excellent production and performance, I loved every second. So much to talk about afterwards, so glad I went. Particularly liked... More

merrilhope 2 reviews, 0 helpful votes