Timothy Spall, Daniel Mays, George MacKay

The Caretaker

By Harold Pinter

The Times, The Guardian, Evening Standard

When it premiered in 1960, The Caretaker changed the face of modern theatre. Now Harold Pinter’s groundbreaking classic comes to The Old Vic in a new production directed by Matthew Warchus.

Disturbed handyman Aston has invited an irascible tramp to stay with him at his brother’s jumbled London flat. At first it seems that the manipulative guest will take advantage of his vulnerable host. But when Aston’s brother Mick arrives, an enigmatic power struggle emerges between the three men that is in equal parts menacing, touching and darkly comic.

Timothy Spall is one of Britain’s best-loved and most talented character actors. Most recently he has received wide acclaim for his role as J.M.W Turner in Mike Leigh’s Mr Turner (2014), for which he won seven international awards, including the Cannes Film Festival Best Actor Award. Timothy trained at the National Youth Theatre and RADA and began his acting career in the theatre, with seasons at Birmingham Rep and the RSC.

Timothy is probably best known for his role as Peter Pettigrew in the Harry Potter film series, and his diverse film work includes The King’s Speech, The Damned United, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Pierrepoint, All Or Nothing, Lucky Break, Topsy Turvy and his own documentary Timothy Spall: Somewhere at Sea. He will take on the well beloved character of Fungus the Bogeyman in a new four part series for Sky1 airing this Christmas. TV credits include The Enfield Haunting, Blandings, The Syndicate, The Fattest Man In Britain, Oliver Twist, The Street, Bodily Harm, Auf Wiedersehen Pet, Perfect Strangers, Shooting the Past and Our Mutual Friend.

Watch our trailer: Timothy Spall, Daniel Mays and George MacKay on The Caretaker


Tue 29 Mar – Sat 14 May 2016
Mon – Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm

[Please note there are no matinee performances on Wed 30 Mar and Wed 6 April]

Running time: approximately 3hrs including two 15-minute intervals

Captioned Performance: Mon 25 Apr 7.30pm
Audio Described Performance: Tue 19 Apr 7.30pm, touch tour 6pm

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Cast Members

Creative Team

  • Matthew Warchus


  • Rob Howell


  • Hugh Vanstone


  • Gary Yershon


  • Simon Baker


  • Jessica Ronane CDG


  • Sean Linnen

    Associate Director