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The Caretaker

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Closed May 14, 2016

Timothy Spall stars as the worst house guest ever, in Harold Pinter's tragicomedy

Why See The Caretaker?

Timothy Spall stars as the House guest from hell

Timothy Spall stars as the irascible tramp Davies who is taken into the home of a pair of brothers, causing utter mayhem and emotional turmoil along the way. As Harold Pinter's first commercially successful work, the play premiered in 1960, and is said to be a reflection of Pinter's life in Chiswick, when his neighbour took in a homeless man who happened to stay some weeks. With the two brothers played off against each other by the conniving visitor, we learn about their past lives and aspirations, which has fallen short of both their expectations. The arrival of Davies highlights their apparent failure, despite his own circumstances.

A three-way power struggle

When Aston (Daniel Mays) offers an elderly transient place to stay after saving him from a bar fight, it turns into a decision that he will certainly end up regretting. Davies the tramp is astonishingly rude, ungrateful and callous despite Aston's kindness, which stems from his previous experience in a mental institution. Enter Mick (George MacKay), Aston's older, bragging and violent older brother who is enraged at the living situation as Davies refuses to leave, offering to be "the caretaker" - whether it is to look after the leaky flat or the brothers themselves is deliberately left ambiguous. After a power struggle spanning some weeks, the brothers have had enough, and order Davies to leave. But can they face turfing out an old man onto the streets?

Timothy Spall has enjoyed a successful career as one of Britain's most popular character actors, having starred in Auf Wiedersehen Pet, as Peter Pettigrew in the Harry Potter film series, and more recently as an eye-poppingly authentic Winston Churchill in the Oscar-winning film The King's Speech.

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Opening night: 26 March 2016


Suitable for ages 12+
Please be aware that the language reflects the period of when it was written and may cause offence.

And before you stop reading

Please note there are no matinee performances on Sat 26 Mar, Wed 30 Mar and Wed 6 April

Cast and Creative


Timothy Spall as Davies
Daniel Mays as Aston
George MacKay>as 'Mick


Directed by Matthew Warchus

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